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RELIVE: Clondaw Castle’s Handicap Chase Heroics in February

Clondaw Castle was a decisive winner of the Close Brothers at Kempton earlier this campaign

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Clondaw Castle ridden by Jonathan Burke clears the last to win The Close Brothers Handicap Chase during the Close Brothers Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday February 27, 2021.

The Tom George-trained Clondaw Castle was rewarded for a string of consistent performances during the campaign with Grade 3 victory at Kempton in February.

The 9-year-old started his campaign with a solid second in the Old Roan at Aintree before victory at Newbury.

Trainer Tom George’s Clondaw Castle landed the Surrey spoils in February’s valuable handicap

He picked up the bronze medal in the rescheduled Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham and followed that up with a second over course-and-distance, but got his moment in the sun for connections when seeing off a strong-field under Johnny Burke.WATCH: CLONDAW CASTLE TAKES THE GRADE 3 CLOSE BROTHERS HANDICAP CHASE AT KEMPTON IN FEBRUARY 2021 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

His handler told Racing TV in the aftermath: “As a young horse he [Clondaw Castle] was always very keen and it was a question of restraining him. He has matured a lot. He was fourth in an Arkle, he won his bumper, novice hurdle.

“His owners have been incredibly patient as they have let me just tip along slowly, slowly and I’ve always said to them at the end of the day he is going to need three miles.

“They’ve let me wait to run him over three miles rather than push me. We wanted to wait and do it on a big day.”

Clondaw Castle ridden by jockey Jonathan Burke make their way out for the Betway Bowl Chase on Liverpool NHS Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

Bypassing the Cheltenham Festival, he finished second to Clan Des Obeaux in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at the Grand National fixture earlier this month.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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