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Shadow spill leaves Jack in front

An agonising last-fence fall by Gilt Shadow gifted the Flower Hill Beginners Chase to Apache Jack at Navan.

Always to the fore, Stuart Crawford's Gilt Shadow had spreadeagled the field long before the last fence under Andrew Lynch, but he got that obstacle all wrong.

That allowed Bryan Cooper to drive Apache Jack (10/11 favourite) ahead, the Sandra Hughes-trained gelding running out a very lucky four and a quarter-length winner over Smokey Joe Joe.

Winning trainer Sandra Hughes said: He'll get an entry for the RSA (Chase at Cheltenham) and we'll have a look.

"Soft ground is OK but he really wants good."

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