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Fanion D'estruval lives up to billing with win in Get Your Ladbrokes 1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase

Venetia Williams has always thought plenty of Fanion D’Estruval (2-1 favourite). She pitched him in better company last season and again on his seasonal bow when fourth in a Grade Two chase at Aintree.

Setting his sights a little lower this time, he scored with authority under Charlie Deutsch in the two-and-a-half-mile Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase.

Williams said: “We threw him in at the deep end in Graded races last season and he was struggling. We have done a lot of work on his schooling and it is nice to bring him back. Top weight is fine, but this is a slightly lesser grade.

“It is lovely to see him win, and win going away. We don’t necessarily have to put him back in Graded company yet. He is still a young horse (aged six) and there is still more to come.”

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