Chappy is a star – official!

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The Happy Chappy followed up his recent novice chase win at Sedgefield with another win in the feature, stayers’ handicap chase at Ludlow on 16 November 2017 winning the accolade of “Star Performer” of the meeting from the Racing Post! Nick Scholfield, who had won on him in a hurdle race in May, rode an excellent race, holding him up in mid-field for most of the race and only coming through into contention in the last 3 furlongs of the 3 mile 1 1/2 furlong race. He made striking progress through the field but was still 3 lengths down jumping the last – but Nick knew exactly what he had under him and he overtook the leader on the run-in and won by just under 2 lengths, going away impressively. As the Racing Post commented, he is a progressive young chaser who has bags of stamina and is still on the upgrade. THC has now had three races in four weeks, finishing 2nd in one and winning the next two. He now deserves a break and, as he won’t want soft ground, we can let him relax and reflect on, and enjoy, his success to date. Well done The Happy Chappy and congratulations to his owners, The Happy Folders!

The photographs are courtesy of Alan Wright:

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