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PETE TO MAKE BREAK FOR IT.

NEWSBOY'S 1-2-3 1 OUTLAW PETE 2 BOSTONS ANGEL 3 ARABELLA BOY OUTLAW PETE, a winner over course and distance back in December, is taken to lead home an Irish challenge that accounts for 10 of the 16 runners in a contest originally scheduled for Tuesday.

Formerly trained by crosscountry king Enda Bolger, Outlaw Pete has progressed since his move to Fethard handler John Halley just over a year ago.

Halley gave the son of Witness Box his first experience of Cheltenham's banks and hedges at the Open meeting in November, when Outlaw Pete came back in third to Uncle Junior.

Outlaw Pete did not impress with his jumping on his course debut, but there was more polish to that aspect of his game when he won a handicap event at Cheltenham's International fixture the following month.

Given a cool ride by the trainer's son, amateur Josh Halley, the nine-year-old led at the final obstacle and stretched clear to beat Jessie Harrington's 2011 RSA Chase hero Bostons Angel by seven lengths, with Leac An Scail third, Double Dizzy fourth, Shakervilz sixth and A New Story seventh.

Both Uncle Junior and Arabella Boy failed to complete.

Back to the cross-country discipline after two runs over regulation fences, Outlaw Pete can stay ahead of his rivals despite a turnaround in the weights. A clean-sweep for Irish runners could well be on the cards, with Bolger's No 1 hope Arabella Boy and Bostons Angel taken to join their compatriot on the podium.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2013
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