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Angel simply divine in RSA

Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel ground out victory in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham under a jubilant Robbie Power.

The stable's Oscars Well was luckless in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle as he made a bad mistake at the final flight, but Bostons Angel gained compensation with a determined display.

Sent off at 16-1 despite a couple of Grade One triumphs, the seven-year-old jumped with aplomb and was bang there turning for home. Jessies Dream loomed up as a big danger, but it was Bostons Angel who found most up the hill to score by a neck.

The 7-4 favourite Time For Rupert ran a largely lifeless race before staying on late to finish fifth, while another leading fancy Mikael D'Haguenet fell.

Power said: "I thought Oscars Well was my best chance of the week - he was terribly unlucky.

"This lad is as tough as nails and he never knows when he's beat. At the top of the hill I was going nowhere, I set him alight at the bottom of the hill and he galloped all the way to the line."

Harrington added: "He`s so tough, unbelievable. I`ve been saying all along he wants three miles and the tougher it is the better he likes it. I actually thought the Midlands National was the race for him. He proved me wrong so we came here.

"I always had a sneaky feeling he was the right horse for this race. He stays really well, he jumps soundly and you can kick him into every fence and he gets himself right. He doesn't like having his head in front for too long and he just does enough."

Paul Webber said of Time For Rupert: "He missed the break, got close to the third, and after that he had a mountain to climb. We'll freshen him up and take him to Liverpool." However, the horse was reported to have coughed afterwards and to have scoped badly.

Jessies Dream's jockey Timmy Murphy received a six-day ban (March 30 - April 4) for using his whip with excessive frequency and not giving his mount time to respond.


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