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Blaklion roars home to win the RSA Chase

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Blaklion (red silks) would see off more fancied challengers to take the RSA Chase
Blaklion (red silks) would see off more fancied challengers to take the RSA Chase

Blaklion stayed on commendably up the hill to take the honours in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

Produced by Ryan Hatch in a wide-open race, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Blaklion (8-1) put in a tenacious effort to come out on top.

The winner and Shaneshill battled it out in the closing stages, with the former prevailing by half a length.

More Of That was third, another eight lengths in arrears.

Hatch, claiming a second Festival victory, said: "He's not very big, but he can jump.

"He was absolutely super - he travelled all the way.

"He had a bit of boot at the end and passed them all.

"He's such a legend, he's as hard as nails.

"He's a very good horse and I just steered him, really."

Twiston-Davies said: "It's fantastic. Nobody expected him to win, but he's always been a great horse.

"We were so gutted (on Tuesday) and I was miserable as The New One (fourth in Champion Hurdle) isn't quite as good as he used to be, but we've got another (good) one."