Gauvain impresses in Peterborough Chase

    Gauvain was an impressive winner of the Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Thursday afternoon.

    The Nick Williams trained horse was an early faller in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday but making a quick reappearance he was never in any real danger and won by four and a half lengths.

    5-4 favourite Somersby travelled strongly until the third last and stayed on for second place but never really looked like reeling in the winner.

    Andy Corbett, Williams’ assistant, said: “He hadn’t gone very far last Saturday so we thought it was worth running him again.

    “We’ll have to see how he is regarding targets for the rest of season.

    “He does tend to run best fresh so the Ascot Chase is a possibility as he was second in that last year and you’d imagine the Ryanair again.

    “It’s not so much the distance with him as just keeping him happy because he can be a bit of a character, but when things go to plan he’s a good horse.

    Jockey Noel Fehily added: “I got him in a good rhythm, he’s a very tough horse and the trip wasn’t a problem.

    “I’m very pleased for Jared Sullivan, who has been very loyal to me and it’s a pleasure to ride for him.”

    Henrietta Knight said of Somersby: “I don’t think he ran a bad race. We thought two and a half would be right for him but it seems like he’s now more of a three-mile horse and we’ll probably look at the King George.”


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