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Horse Racing: MONET A MARVEL; YESTERDAY AT AINTREE.

Byline: By DAVID YATES

MONET'S GARDEN ended a chequered campaign on a career high with a thundering victory in the John Smith's Melling Chase.

Nicky Richards' grey has mixed highs and lows this winter and the trainer reported the nine-year-old had broken a blood vessel after his Cheltenham flop.

But Monet's Garden bounced back in style, jumping well to easily see off Taranis by three-and-a-half-length.

Richards beamed: "That was grand, wasn't it? He didn't come home from Cheltenham 100 per cent, but I don't want to take anything away from the horse who won that day.

"This horse has changed so much in the last 10 days with some sun on his back. Over two and a half miles on a flat track it will take a fair horse to beat him."

But 4-5 favourite Well Chief, himself bidding to restore his reputation after falling at the second fence of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, came home a well-beaten third on his first try at the trip.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2007
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