The seven-year-old, who has raced three times over timber in addition to a dozen outings on the Flat, came with a strong run under top course jockey John Egan.
The 16-1 chance pipped Yarob by a neck with Pension Fund a length and threequarters further back in third. Noukari will not be allowed to rest on his laurels and could seek to add to his 13 wins on the Flat in the Copyrite Business Systems Handicap at Chester on Thursday.
Winning trainer David Evans said: "He's due to run on Thursday over a mile and a half although he could go to Stratford on Friday. "The owner didn't want him to run today, he wanted to run on Thursday. This horse has given a lot of people, from trainers to jockeys, their first win."
Barry Hills chalked up his customary Chester winner when Air Defence justified 4-6 favouritism in the Chester Evening Leader Maiden Stakes. Michael Hills tracked leader De Tramuntana for much of the race on the winner, wearing Kieren Fallon's mount down close home to score by a head.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 10, 2000|
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