Double delight for Jefferson

The early news from Charlie Hall day at Wetherby, where Double W's struck for the in-form Malcolm Jefferson in the opener.

Double W's and Brian Hughes (right) leads Fou Et Sage over the final fence to win the Steeple Chase at Wetherby.

Double W's maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a near-faultless display in the Chase at Wetherby.

Malcolm Jefferson's chestnut hinted at his ability over hurdles but since being sent over the bigger obstacles this season he has already taken his form to a new level.

He looked a natural on his chasing debut at Carlisle and up in class on this occasion he once again jumped like an old hand.

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Sent to the front by Brian Hughes, the even-money favourite was never headed and despite getting in a bit tight to the third-last he was always holding Fou Et Sage, winning by a length and three-quarters.

"He'll be better in a stronger race," said Jefferson.

"What he ideally wants is to travel in behind a strong pace, but I said to Brian if no one wanted to make it to go on because he jumps better the quicker he's going.

"He stays further than two miles, but I think a strongly-run two miles will suit him best because in the better races you need to stay to win."

He added: "What I do now I don't know, we could do with a limited handicap up to 150 but there aren't any. He needs more experience before going up in class, ideally."

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