Portrait is picture perfect
Theflyingportrait produced yet another thrilling front-running jumping display to land the £22,500 feature at Kelso.
Sean Quinlan has struck up a good partnership with Theflyingportrait
Ridden by usual partner Sean Quinlan, the Jennie Candlish-trained flying grey denied Simply Ned from winning the NSPCC School Service Handicap Chase by a neck.
Alan O'Keeffe, assistant to the winning trainer, said: "He's been a real star and full marks to Jennie and the team at home for keeping him right. We decided beforehand that, win, lose or draw, that will be him for the year.
"He's had a great run in winning six times now and he doesn't want deep winter ground.
"Sean has just sort of clicked with him and his first win in June came off just 97 – he's done it from a rating of 133 today.
"He'll be back in the early spring and he might give his owners some fun at those Irish festivals."
Tim Vaughan and Tom O'Brien teamed up for a quick-fire double in the first two races with Makethedifference and Spectator.
Former champion amateur O'Brien is the nephew of namesake Aidan who was saddling a famous1-2-3 in the Arc while South Glamorgan- based Vaughan was taking his course strike-rate to 50 per cent.
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