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Notachance grinds down Achille to triumph in Classic Chase

Notachance ground his way to victory in an attritional Classic Chase, providing his trainer, Alan King, with a third success in the marathon handicap. The seven-year-old, sent off a 7-2 joint-favourite, prevailed in a slow-motion battle with Achille, who was taking part in his first race for 427 days.

It was a race seemingly full of clues for the Grand National but that is not expected to be the target for the winner. Only a seven-year-old, Notachance is to be aimed at the Scottish version at Ayr in April, said King.

Captain Chaos and Storm Control took the field along at a surprisingly strong early pace that got most of their rivals in trouble long before the home turn. It also killed off their own chances before the second-last.

Le Breuil plugged on gamely to be third but his connections face a race against time to find a race he can win, in order to get his rating up to the sort of level that would get him into the National field. Walk In The Mill, a faller at Aintree last month, was again let down by his jumping in the back straight.

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