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Three Musketeers adds name to illustrious Newbury honour roll

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Dan Skelton's Three Musketeers (7-2) was a ready winner of the Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase at Newbury.

Dan Skelton's Three Musketeers (7-2) was a ready winner of the Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase at Newbury.

The Grade Two has been won by subsequent Gold Cup winners Denman, Bobs Worth and Coneygree in recent years and Three Musketeers looks well up to scratch.

Skelton blamed himself for his defeat on chasing debut at Huntingdon as he felt his charge was not fit enough but he made no mistake upped in class.

The race changed in complexion when Maximiser fell down the back straight, bringing down Sametegal, who had beaten Three Musketeers last time out.

Gary Moore's Ubak, returning from a huge absence, looked a threat before fitness took its toll and Activial was the only danger over the final two fences.

Three Musketeers bounded clear, though, winning by four and a half lengths.

The winner was given a 16-1 quote by Paddy Power for the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.