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Bricassar gelding bounces back to best

NEW LITTLE BRIC returned to form with a bang when running out a convincing winner of the Grade 3 Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 2m4f at Newbury today.

The eight-year-old won the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase two years ago, but had failed to win or reach the places in any of his subsequent eight starts before today.

He is a son of Bricassar, a Group 3-winning half-brother to the dam of Hernando and Johann Quatz who died in 2003, and out of the Dastaan mare Doulina, making him a full-brother to the talented but ill-fated Little Brick.

Little Brick was a multiple winner in France who was imported to England to race for David Pipe. The horse won the Country Gentlemen's Association Chase on his British debut in 2007, but on his next start, in the William Hill Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, he made a mistake when making headway, fractured his shoulder and tragically died.

New Little Bric's trainer Paul Nicholls suggested that the horse would bypass this year's Cheltenham Festival and will be prepared for the Topham Chase at Aintree instead.





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