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American in Paris breaks jumping duck

AMERICAN In Paris recorded his first jumping success with an impressive ten-length win in Tuesday’s feature race, the Eulong Cavendish Steeplechase.

After excellent recent jumping and flat form, the Symon Wilde trained five-year-old vindicated strong punter support to easily win as odds-on favourite.

The win was well deserved after six previous jumps starts over the past two seasons netted five placings, four of those in the runner-up stall.

Sitting close to the speed throughout, stable rider, Ronan Short, moved the gelding to the lead with two jumps remaining.

Runner-up, Longclaw, trained by Patrick Payne, went with him initially, but could not sustain the pressure, as they made the long run for the winning post.

Payne rounded out the placings with Macklemore a further eight lengths back in third position.

Wilde hinted at what seem ambitious plans which might see the lightly raced hurdler aim for the Grand National later in the season.

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