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Horse Racing: NELLERIE'S MAD FOR THE STAYING GAME.

LUCKY NELLERIE is described as a "lunatic" by his trainer Ferdy Murphy but he put up a fine staying performance to win the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick yesterday.

With the ground riding heavy the three-and-three-quarter-mile event was true test and the 8-1 chance was soon at the head of affairs.

And that is where he stayed under conditional jockey Michael O'Connell, undaunted by the driving wind and rain and keeping up the gallop to score by three and a half lengths from Bannister Lane.

Murphy also saddled joint-favourite Clemax, who not surprisingly was pulled up after the fourth fence having made a bad mistake at the second.

The West Witton trainer said: "Lucky Nellerie is a lunatic on the gallops, but he is getting better and to be fair to him he is a Christian in other ways.

"He is a tough galloper, but takes a lot of getting fit and will improve."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2008
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