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Non Stop sluices to Old Roan glory

Updated: Saturday, 27 Oct 2012 16:01

For Non Stop secured glory in the Old Roan
For Non Stop secured glory in the Old Roan

For Non Stop could not have won the Betfred Monets Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree with any more authority.

The Nick Williams-trained seven-year-old oozed class from the outset on his first start for 226 days.

A Grade One winner as a novice in February, the 4-1 joint-favourite jumped swiftly and accurately for Noel Fehily en route to a 23-length romp in the Grade Two limited handicap over two and a half miles.

Wishfull Thinking stayed on for second, while Stagecoach Pearl was third.

It was a particularly sweet result for Fehily, who has only just returned to action after suffering a broken leg in the John Smith's Grand National in April.

He said: "I've been back riding two weeks today. It does take time to return to your peak, but I feel good.

"It's hard to believe that the last time I came here I left in an ambulance.

"This horse did it really well and has probably improved."

Williams said: "Each year he seems get better and I think the course and the strong pace suited him.

"The Paddy Power Gold Cup closes on Tuesday and is an option, we'll have to have look at it."