Newcastle: Mysteree stays on strongest in Eider Chase
Mysteree: capped a magical 24 hours for Michael Scudamore
PICTURE: john Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Mysteree stays on strongest in Eider Chase By DAVID MILNES 3:00PM 25 FEB 2017
Report: Newcastle, Saturday
Betfred Eider Handicap Chase 4m122y, 5yo+
LASY YEAR'S fourth Mysteree completed a magical 24 hours for Michael Scudamore when grinding out a well-deserved win over the gallant Knockanrawley in the Eider Chase.
Just a day after landing the Devon National at Exeter with Kingswell Theatre, Scudamore was king of the marathon again when his 10-1 chance put a sorry effort at Plumpton behind him.
Of the two previous winners in the race, Portrait King got no further than the first as topweight Straidnahanna took the maximum field along early doors in company with last year's runner-up Shotgun Paddy, who was sent off the 7-1 favourite.
The latter, who was let down by his jumping on the second circuit, was still in with a big shout when the run of Straidnahanna petered out on the home turn, where Knockanrawley, who had finished fourth in the race in 2015, was also getting into it. However, the pair could never quite get to grips with Mysteree in the straight and he scored by four lengths.
Scudamore said: "He ran well when fourth last year, and he's now a year older and a year wiser. I'm very lucky to have been sent him, I think his owners wanted a smaller yard. He's a very straight forward horse.
"The Midlands National would come too soon but he'll have an entry for the Scottish National, and if was soft there we would consider it."
Winning jockey Robbie Dunne said: "It all went very well. I was a bit further back that ideal at the start, but he soon made up the ground. He travelled well and jumped well so it was great.
"I wanted to go on the inside as he can hang left quite badly and it all worked out. It is the first time I'd ridden him but I'd spoken to Dickie Johnson and Tom Scu about him."