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Just A Par takes Sandown Gold Cup
25 Apr 2015 18:06
Champion conditional Sean Bowen topped an already memorable day at Sandown by steering Just A Par to a last-gasp win in the bet365 Gold Cup.
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Bowen had sealed his title by winning the first race of the afternoon but he really underlined his potential in the saddle as he produced Just A Par to challenge at the last before kicking away up the Sandown hill.
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It looked as though Paint The Clouds, Le Reve and Guess Again might battle out the finish but a clutch of horses fought their way back into contention by the last, with Just A Par proving strongest of all.
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Bowen pushed on after jumping the last and the 14-1 chance responded for pressure to run out a one-and-quarter-length winner for the rider's boss, Paul Nicholls.
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Vics Canvas was another to muster a late charge in second, with Le Reve third and Paint The Clouds fourth. Seventeen-year-old Bowen said: "All he needed was that trip. All he does is keep galloping.
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"I thought at the third-last I'd been waiting too long, but I thought they'd come back to me and thankfully they did." Nicholls said: "He gave him a peach of a ride. I had no doubts he'd stay."
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