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IM­PUL­SIVE STAR shed his maiden tag over fences with a de­ter­mined vic­tory in the McCoy Con­trac­tors Civil En­gi­neer­ing Clas­sic Chase at War­wick.

Neil Mulholland’s charge was win­less after five pre­vi­ous out­ings but had run some fine races in defeat, most no­tably when fin­ish­ing fourth in the National Hunt Chase at Chel­tenham in March.

The eight-year-old was last seen chas­ing home Ok Cor­ral – a win­ner ear­lier on the card – at Plump­ton last month and was an 8-1 shot mak­ing his hand­i­cap de­but un­der a light weight in this pres­ti­gious con­test.

Last year’s win­ner Mi­lans­bar gave a bold sight in front for much of the three-mile five-fur­long jour­ney but was a spent force racing down the back straight for the second time.

And Im­pul­sive Star took the lead un­der Chel­tenham Gold Cup-win­ning jockey Sam Wa­ley-Co­hen

(right), car­ry­ing the colours of his father, Robert.

Calett Mad and Cross­park both threw down strong chal­lenges in the home straight but Mulholland’s charge dug deep to win by three-and-a-quar­ter lengths.

Mulholland, who also sad­dled the fourth home with Ca­role’s Destrier, said: “I’m de­lighted. He had a nice lit­tle pipe-opener round Plump­ton the other day and we knew he’d im­prove for the run.”

Else­where, Dan Skel­ton is not com­mit­ting to a trip to Chel­tenham for Beak­stown de­spite his im­pres­sive suc­cess in the Bal­ly­more Leam­ing­ton Novices’ Hur­dle at War­wick.

The Ir­ish point-to-point grad­u­ate made a suc­cess­ful hur­dling de­but at Ut­tox­eter in Novem­ber, but suf­fered a short-priced defeat on his lat­est out­ing at New­cas­tle.

He was a 6-1 shot step­ping up to Grade Two level and there was plenty to like about the way he went about his busi­ness.

CHASE DE­LIGHT: Im­pul­sive Star wins

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