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Racing: Mort de Rire.

SOME shrewd punters collected in style when Mort de Rire took the gg.com Novices' Chase at Leicester yesterday.

Backed in from 33-1 to 20-1 just before the off, the grey gelding looked the part in the paddock and made a winning start for Robert Alner's stable under conditional Daryl Jacob.

"The owners had Jongleur Collonges with me but he had to be retired because of his breathing and they wanted another grey," said the trainer.

"I don't think I have ever managed to find a grey so soon after the order before but my agent in France, Guy Petit, said he thought he had found the right horse and I liked him when I went to have a look last month.

"Guy said that he wanted soft ground and a trip and it looks like he was right."

Alner's stable jockey, Andrew Thornton, was on the scene to congratulate the winning connections despite having elected to ride the third home, Mount Clerigo.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2006
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