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The ex French Geryville has his third start for us since arriving from France in the autumn when contesting the Class 3, 0-130 handicap chase over the extended two miles and five furlongs at on Thursday, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride.

Geryville was sent off at 40/1 on his stable, and British debut in October at Wetherby, and made a mockery of his 109 rating when coming clear from two out to win easily by 12 lengths. The handicapper reacted by giving him a 10lb hike in the weights which he nearly defied when finishing second back at Wetherby on his latest start 26 days ago, when finishing runner up to a well handicapped horse trained by David Pipe which has since won again. What was most commendable about that run was that Gerryville had made a crucial mistake two out when just getting in to top gear. Given the ground he had already made up, that effort can be upgraded even further by the positive attitude he showed by staying on again strongly to the line. The handicapper has raised him a further 1lb to 120 for that effort, the heavy ground will hold no fears, and he seems very versatile trip wise.

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Good luck to the connections, R M Howard.

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