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Further success for Dr Newland

Richard Newland and the connections of Pineau De Re kept up the winning run with further success at Market Rasen.

The saying is little fish are sweet but when you have just won the Crabbie's Grand National perhaps all other races will pale into insignificance.

While it would be pushing it to suggest that Dr Richard Newland and owner John Provan enjoyed the success of Dalmo in the Racing UK Lady Riders' Selling Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen as much as that of Pineau De Re at Aintree on Saturday, they are on such a high it will have been difficult to feel any happier.

Having hosted the media at his Worcestershire yard in the morning, Newland, accompanied by Provan, arrived in Lincolnshire by helicopter weighed down by several bottles of champagne.

The two victories really illustrate the opposite ends of the racing spectrum - but that did not matter not a jot to winning rider Ali Sterling, who landed the same race 12 months ago.

Sent off the 13/8 favourite, Dalmo made just about every yard of the running and the white, green and black colours were carried to victory once more.

"They all count!" said Newland. "I've got no voice left now after yesterday and now that one. I thought Ali did really well there."

Provan said: "They are all sweet. I've been drinking champagne on a regular basis since straight after the National, we were even drinking it in the chopper!"

To cap an amazing 24 hours, Newland then teamed up with Pineau De Re's rider Leighton Aspell to win the Double M Novices' Chase with Ardkilly Witness - who Newland hopes might win him another major race before the season is out.

The 8/11 favourite was second to Smad Place earlier in the season and was a gallant runner-up in the valuable Betfred Masters at Sandown, with a return to the Esher venue now on the cards.

"I'd hoped he'd do it like that," said Newland. "His novice status ends in two months so I wanted him to have one more run against novices as he'll be in handicaps the rest of his life. His target is the Bet365 Gold Cup.

"I've only got 12 horses and a lot seem to be staying chasers but I haven't specifically looked for them, it's just how they've turned out.

"This horse is owned by my cousin, Chris Stedman, and I'm so pleased for him as his horse Vino Griego was second at Aintree yesterday, but for that to win might have been pushing it I suppose!

"We'll struggle to ever get close to having another 24 hours like this.

"We have won a race in Chris's colours over the National fences, though, as Silver Adonis won a Fox Hunters' for us.

"How John came to have Pineau De Re is quite funny because when I bought him I had a bet with someone that I would sell him to John as a prospective National runner in under 60 seconds. He bought him after 10."