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Rigadin De Beauchene responded to Robbie Dunne's inspired ride to take the Classic Chase at Warwick

Updated: Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 17:52 | Comments

Venetia Williams has made a flying start to the year
Venetia Williams has made a flying start to the year

Rigadin De Beauchene (5-1) put the icing on the cake of what has been a bountiful start to the month for trainer Venetia Williams when getting up in the shadow of the post to deny Godsmejudge and the gallant Pete The Feat in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick.

The eight-year-old put his jumping issues behind him under a determined Robbie Dunne to pull the race out of the fire after he was seemingly booked for third at the second-last fence.

Dunne intentionally steered a wide course on Rigadin De Beauchene in the straight, a ploy that paid off as the combination reeled in the battling leaders with 50 yards to travel to win by half a length.

Williams said: "Robbie swept wide into the straight and managed to get the horse to meet the last fence on a good stride which I think was very important.

"His owner Andrew Wiles hopes he may emulate his half-brother Miko De Beauchene and win the Welsh National next season. I think Andrew might have reservations about him going for the Grand National itself though. He's had issues with his jumping."

Williams said she was encouraged about a good run from her gelding after the horse that beat him in the mud at Lingfield went on to land the Sussex National.

Dunne said: "We were going a good gallop when he made a mistake down the back and he also got in tight to a couple. But overall he jumped much better today, having had a confidence-booster at Lingfield."

Noel Fehily was proud of the gallant Pete The Feat whose unbeaten run of five this season was finally broken back in third.

He said: "It was another very good run. He's jumped from fence to fence and galloped to the line."

Emma Lavelle's Highland Lodge was favourite after a good display at Cheltenham but Warwick's track never played to his strengths.

The pair had taken each other on at the last three of the fences down the back stretch with Rocky Creek nudging into the lead under a confident Daryl Jacob before the second last.

"I had the favourite covered and just wanted him to give me a lead into the straight before pressing on," said Jacob.

"He's a horse for the future and will be a truly super chaser in time. He's a possible Cheltenham horse for sure providing the ground there isn't too quick."

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