sport

Rigadin rallies in Classic

Rigadin De Beauchene rallied gamely after the final fence to land the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick for Venetia Williams.

The eight-year-old looked booked for third over the final fence as Alan King's Godsmejudge and the favourite Pete The Feat went two lengths clear.

Rigadin De Beauchene did not even jump the last very well but Robbie Dunne, who earned plaudits for a miraculous recovery on the same horse at Newbury earlier in the season, managed to get a great tune out of the 5-1 chance, who beat Godsmejudge by half a length.

Pete The Feat, 40lb higher than when his winning run started, travelled keenly through the race for Noel Fehily but still looked to be going best as Godsmejudge was niggled along turning into the straight.

However, possibly the fact he had a hard race only two weeks ago at Newbury began to take its toll as Godsmejudge battled back past him and looked to have the race in the bag.

Rigadin De Beauchene, a relative of Welsh National winner Miko De Beauchene, showed his appetite for marathon trips, though, and picked up close home.

Restless Harry and Bradley never looked happy at any stage.

Williams said: "I was encouraged when the horse that beat him at Lingfield came out and won the Sussex National and I was really thrilled with him today.

"He swung wide coming into the straight and thankfully met the last on a decent stride which definitely helped him to win.

"The owner has nominated the Welsh National for him next season and I hope he can emulate his brother and if he was ever to go for the Grand National he (the owner) would take a bit of convincing to agree to that.

"I think he really had a confidence-booster at Lingfield and he jumped much better today."