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Walsh back in winning groove

Mon Parrain gave Ruby Walsh a staggeringly easy first winner since his return from a broken leg in the Mobile Betting At Handicap Chase at Sandown.

Walsh, who had bruising around an eye after being cut in a fall in midweek, guided Paul Nicholls' unknown French recruit (9-2) a long way clear without coming off the bridle.

"That was just the job, great. He travelled unbelievably well. It was a weak contest and if he produced his best form he was going to be hard to beat," said the jockey.

"He jumped so well - he was passing horses in the air. He's a wonderful jumper and he would be a great ride round the big National fences at Aintree.

"It's good to get a winner but I've not ridden many (since returning to action) that should have won."

Nicholls added: "I'm astonished, to be honest, as I thought he'd need the run and we haven't had him long. We had been thinking about a handicap at Aintree but he might have to go for something better now."

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