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Classic Chase: Eclair Surf Claims Warwick Success With Brave Leading Display Under Tom Bellamy |  Race News

Eclair Surf put in an admirable performance to crush their rivals in the Agetur UK Ltd Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick.

The eight-year-old was given a daring drive forward by Tom Bellamy, as trainer Emma Lavelle scored a second success in this three-mile, five-stay endurance test after Shotgun Paddy in 2014.

Eclair Surf (11/1) jumped well, making just one mistake at all 22 obstacles, and never seemed to stop.

Chirico Vallis kept him company, but Eclair Surf pulled away before the home turn to score by 13 lengths.

Gericault Roque, the 7/2 favorite, couldn’t get close enough to challenge and was nearly caught for second place by a rallying Chirico Vallis (33/1). Corach Rambler, the highest weight, passed the beaten horses to claim fourth place.

Lavelle said: “He was supposed to go to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and I was absolutely disgusted when he came limping back from the pitch and couldn’t go.

“Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait too long for this race. We know he can gallop, but jumping has always been a problem.

“Truly he’s a good jumper but he’s still capable of doing one. That keeps Tom on his toes, that’s for sure.

Trainer Emma Lavelle and jockey Tom Bellamy claim their biggest win since joining forces

“With that in mind, I don’t think he’s a National horse, certainly not this year, but he could be one for the Scottish National. He needs a bit of a cut and that race is earlier this year. .

“We won with Shotgun Paddy and it was our first really big win with a handicap and Barry (Fenton, partner) got really emotional. He also worked a lot with that lad so that will mean a lot.

“He’s a tricky horse, so it’s a really big ‘thank you’ to Barry. His ability has never been in doubt, he just has his shock throwing thing. I knew Tom wanted to be practical today. today and it was a good idea.”

It’s the first cross-country race Lavelle and Bellamy have won since pairing up, and the trainer was full of praise for his jockey.

“Tom is a massive team player, which is great for us and when he rides, yes, he thinks about the day, but he also thinks about the day after and the day after,” Lavelle said.

“It works very well and goes in the right direction.”

For Bellamy, it was a remarkable success.

“It means a lot, it’s certainly the biggest win we’ve had together, a £100,000 handicap,” he said.

“I wanted to be positive and see where we end up. At one point he almost ran off with me which wasn’t ideal on this trip but he’s still fine.

“I’m sure he just likes to do a dodgy jump to keep me on my toes, but other than one today he jumped really well. It was a blast.”

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