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Sands swoops late to humble Get Real.

STABLEMATE Wahiba Sands had earlier had his Queen Mother Champion Chase odds cut to a general 10-1 (from 14-1) after getting up close home to beat fellow course specialist Get Real by three-quarters of a length in the two-mile handicap chase.

The eight-year-old, who last month took the notable scalp of Best Mate in the First National Gold Cup, was making it four wins from four appearances at Ascot and could well return to the course for next month's Victor Chandler Chase before taking up one of a variety of options at Cheltenham.

Pipe said: "I thought Get Real was a good thing, as he has come down a lot in the weights and we were giving him 6lb, so it was a terrific effort.

"I don't know what plans there are for him. He's in the Victor Chandler Chase but that's a very hot race. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is also a possibility, but that's a long way away."

The Victor Chandler is almost certain to be on the agenda for Get Real, whose trainer Nicky Henderson described the ten-year-old's first run of the season as "unreal".

CHAMPION CHASE

William Hill: 11-4 Edredon Bleu, Flagship Uberalles, 7 Fadalko, Native Upmanship, 10 Wahiba Sands (from 14), 12 Direct Route, Knife Edge, 14 Geos, 20 bar.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 24, 2001
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