Sir Valentino digs for Gold

Sir Valentino dug deep to edge out hot-favourite Garde La Victoire in the 188Bet Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday.

Tom George: Won with Sir Valentino

Tom George won this prize with God's Own two years ago and he reclaimed the trophy thanks to Sir Valentino, who got the better of a prolonged scrap with Garde La Victoire in the home straight.

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Ultragold took them along but weakened after the turn for home when Dodging Bullets made it a three-way fight with the aforementioned duo.

The big weight tooks its toll on the former Champion Chase winner two out, leaving Garde La Victoire and Sir Valentino to battle between themselves.

It had looked like Philip Hobbs' even-money favourite had done enough when he jumped the last in front, but Sir Valentino showed great battling qualities to get back in front and win by a short head.

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