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Bright effort from Bally Legend

Bally Legend stayed on best of all to land the BetBright Chase at 28/1 for trainer Caroline Keevil at Kempton on Saturday.

Tour Des Champs was sent off the 9/2 favourite after being extremely well backed and he took them along under Sam Twiston-Davies.

Still in the lead on the turn for home, Midnight Appeal looked the most potent danger jumping the third last as the pair battled it out up front.

However, Bally Legend crept into the contest under Ian Popham and overtook them both in the closing stages, with Bury Parade (15/2) staying on from a long way back to take second.

Tour Des Champs stuck on well for third with Midnight Appeal dropping out of the places for fourth.

Popham, who has suffered with injuries, said: "Martin Keighley has always been good to me, and I rode for Caroline when I was 16 in point-to-points - she has stuck with me the whole way and I'm very grateful.''

Keevil said: "He loves it at Kempton, and the runner-up was carrying top-weight so he had a big advantage.

"As a small trainer, you have some highs and a lot of lows, but whenever I am at my lowest ebb Bally Legend pulls it out of the bag.

"He is in the Byrne Group Plate, but today was the big plan and it might be a bit greedy going again at Cheltenham."