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Minella Indo is taking another step towards the Gold Cup with a Grade 2 | Horse Racing News



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Minella Indo and Rachael Blackmore clear the last fence in Navan

Minella Indo and Rachael Blackmore clear the last fence in Navan

Patrick McCann (rasiopost.com/photos)

Another flawless display of jumping from Minella Indo gave him a second win of the season, as last season’s RSA runner-up proved in a different league to three competitors in the Grade 2 Bet Chase Bet in Navan.

Sent away at 2-11, Minella Indo was expected to win and did not face a tough test, with the pace for much of the race being pedestrian.

Brahma Bull was allowed to go on the field for the majority of the three-mile walk, with David Mullins sticking to the sidelines of the home straight while Rachael Blackmore charted a wider track on Minella Indo.

At three outs Minella Indo took the lead, and it quickly went clear when Blackmore dropped a few rebounds, with Brahma Bull beaten quickly. The third went to Ravenhill, while Dream Conti was pulled up after a circuit.

Winning coach Henry de Bromhead said on Racing TV: “It was great to see him doing so well. He looks much smarter this year and I’m delighted with the performance.”

A tougher test is probably waiting for Minella Indo for his next possible assignment, as De Bromhead added: “I think we’ll be aiming for the Savills Chase in Leopardstown next.”

Some bookmakers chose not to take any action in the pre-post market for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Minella Indo left at 8-1 by Paddy Power and Betfair.

However, Coral cut the seven-year-old to 7-1 (from 8), making him his second favorite joint with Santini.


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