Kempton Park, Monday December 26th
The ground was soft and tacky on King George V1 Day
Novice Hurdle, Class 2, 2m
The front two dominated the finish.
Rare Edition continued his unbeaten record with a competent display. Up near the front his jumping was smart and he asserted round the final corner. He dominated the finish in very impressive fashion, and pulled away to win by 7 lengths.
Rubaud ran the finest race of his career so far and will certainly have a future as a chaser. He was a little headstrong at the start but settled into a good rhythm and cleared the hurdles with ease. However, in the home stretch he couldn’t quicken to challenge the impressive winner. This is a horse with a good future.
Off To A Flyer ran a cracking race from the back to get third. He is a 3-mile chaser in the making.
Throne Hall did make a couple of mistakes but still ran well when stepping up to get fourth.
Mamoon Star, Father Of Jazz and Iberico Lord all looked fit, with Iberico Lord tiring and falling at the last.
Long Walk Hurdle, 3m
Paisley Park rolled back the years to take win this one. This 10yo looked like he might be in a bit of trouble but his desire to win came through and he won going away. The Cleeve Hurdle looks set to be his next appearance.
Goshen kept on marvelousley in his first start at 3 miles. He was a shade keen in the early stages, but settled under a good pace. He moved up the field and looked a real threat off the top bend fighting right to the line. With him only rising 7 there is a future for him at this trip.
Champ came here after a good win at Newbury. He shifted to his left throughout, but was still in with a massive chance at the second last. He continued to hang over to his left and had no extra for the closing stages.
Miranda and Not So Sleepy both looked good but unable to compete.
Kauto Star Novice Chase, 3m
This was a fairly weak Grade 1 and would advise a little caution over Thyme Hill‘s form after the win. Having been fitted with first-time cheekpieces on softer ground, he jumped very well throughout and his stamina was a level above.
Mcfabulous looked great in his normal front-running role. His jumping was smart throughout, but close to the line he couldn’t stay with the winner.
None of Mortlach, Gelino Bello and Galia Des Liteaux jumped well enough.
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