Ree glee at Southwell

Tom George's Ring Bo Ree was the first winner of a jumps race in England for a fortnight in the Win Whatever The Result With BetAngel Handicap Chase at Southwell today.

Ree glee at Southwell

Tom George's Ring Bo Ree was the first winner of a jumps race in England for a fortnight in the Win Whatever The Result With BetAngel Handicap Chase at Southwell today.

The only National Hunt events on grass have been in Scotland since the start of the month but the thaw enabled the Nottinghamshire course to get things started, even if the jumping of many in this extended two-and-a-half-mile event was no great advertisement for the sport.

Ring Bo Ree (8-1) has not been a natural over fences to date but had finished an encouraging second at the course last time and made all of the running under Paddy Brennan.

He dived though the last, but Brennan sat tight and had a length to spare over Nataani.

Graham Lee suffered a serious leg injury after taking a bad fall from Rich Lord.

The Grand National-winning jockey was unseated at the fourth-last and was transferred to Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, for further assessment.

Racing was delayed while a replacement ambulance was called to the track.

Southwell clerk of the course Roderick Duncan said: "He's being taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham and he has a very serious limb injury."

Lee's agent, Richard Hale, later said the rider had sustained a suspected broken leg.

Brennan and George managed a double in similar circumstances in the Automate Your Betting With BetAngel Beginners' Chase, but there was also a satisfactory return from injury for Robert Thornton.

Thornton, who broke an arm in December, was having his comeback ride and finished second aboard Suburban Bay.

Brennan decided to dominate from the front on Ballyallia Man (9-1), who had not won for George in three previous starts but was always holding the persistent runner-up to finish a length and a quarter ahead.

Esteem was given a positive ride by Andrew Glassonbury to make a return to the winner's enclosure in the No Risk With BetAngel Practice Mode Novices' Handicap Chase.

David Evans' gelding scored under conditional Peter Hatton in January but had unseated that pilot on one previous and another subsequent outing to that victory.

But in a rather uncompetitive affair, the Nick Shutts-owned nine-year-old dominated his rivals, looking to get a confidence boost as he powered 11 lengths clear of Strathaird.

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