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Vics puts rivals on canvas

Dermot McLoughlin's veteran Vics Canvas won the feature Paddy Power Cork Grand National at Cork with supreme authority.

Ridden by Conor Maxwell, the 14-1 chance could be spotted travelling easily five fences from home as A Decent Excuse gained the lead from Most Chaste, and it soon became apparent the 11-year-old was in full control once he took closer order.

Joining issue three out, he put the race to bed with a fluent jump two out and needed minimal assistance to overcome favourite Dushrembrandt by a yawning 10 lengths. Unoccupied finished third, while Sword Fish was fourth.

McLoughlin said: "I've been wanting to run him in a handicap for the last few weeks but have not been able to because of the ground.

"He's had ulcer problems and he's coming up 12, so we've just had to use him up on soft ground. He might go to Navan for the Troytown Chase."

Maxwell added: "I've won a good handicap in the past at Punchestown, but this is probably my biggest winner.

"He jumped better than he has ever done. I think a lot of it was the ground. He never put a foot wrong and gained lengths at every fence. Today he was spot-on and got the job done."

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