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Ian Duncan in rich run of form

Former Crumlin trainer Ian Duncan produced the winner of the feature Eider Chase at Newcastle at the weekend with Milborough romping to victory in the four miles plus marathon steeplechase.

Duncan moved to Coylton, Ayrshire, four years and now combines racehorse training with mixed farming on a 400 acre complex in Scotland.

"Milborough was only beaten eight lengths in the four miler at the Cheltenham Festival last year before he joined me and I think there is more improvement to come," Duncan said after his biggest and richest race victory.

"The owner bought him privately out of Tim Vaughan's stable and sent him to me in July and I thought back then he might be the type for this race, so we've earmarked this from an early stage. Jockey Graham Watters does not get the recognition he deserves. He gave the horse a great ride. He is based with Lucinda Russell but comes to me one day a week and schools so he knows the horse well."

Ulster connection double at Newcastle was completed when Brain Power with Peter Carberry - younger brother of Paul - cantered to an impressive debut victory in the bumper for Ballyclare-based James Jenkins. The local horse, available at 10/1 morning prices was returned 11/4 favourite.

Jenkins said: "I was immediately asked if he was for sale but I am presently undecided if I will sell him privately or send him to the bloodstock sales but I know he has a big future - especially when he goes chasing."

Belfast Telegraph