Oj battles to Naas win

Sir Oj outbattled top novice Nickname in a thrilling finish to te Tote "Online Betting For Cheltenham" Newlands Chase.

The pair exchanged the lead throughout the Grade Two contest over two miles with Sir Oj, trained by Noel Meade, going on after jumping the fourth-last better than the 6-4 favourite.

Nickname came back strongly to lead at the final fence only for Sir Oj (5-1) to rally in game fashion under Carberry on the run-in and score by a length and a half.

VC Bet cut Sir Oj, who has having his first race since winning the Robin Cook Memorial Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December, to 25-1 from 33-1 for the John Smith’s Grand National.

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