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Bill beats Bob in veteran test

A fabulous stalking ride from Declan Bates allowed Penny's Bill to land the spoils in the Bettyville Park Veterans Handicap Chase at Wexford.

Penny's Bill has had his problems since winning the 2009 Pierse Hurdle, but bounced back to form in fine style.

Bob Lingo produced a stubborn display from the front, but every move he made was covered by Bates aboard the Liz Doyle-trained 8-1 chance, and after taking it up at the second-last, Penny's Bill never looked back, winning by two lengths.

Doyle said: "He's a nightmare to train as he's very delicate. His jumping had gone to pot so I ran him in a couple of point-to-points with today's race in mind. There's only one of these in the calendar.

"He won his beginners chase over the same trip and everything was perfect for him today. He only got here 20 minutes ago as we're only a mile away as the crow flies - it's a very local winner.

"I'm absolutely thrilled as this race was made for him and his owners, Penny and Bill Foley (from Newbawn) are great."

Bates went close in the Pinnacle Novice Handicap Chase on Paddy O Dee, but he had no answer to the Lar Butler-trained Odonimee (7-1) who shrugged off the steadier of top weight in some style under Sean Flanagan.

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