Saturday's Kempton Review: Redicean Short At 9/2 For Triumph Hurdle Following Impressive Kempton Victory

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With six wins to his name trainer Nicky Henderson holds the record for victories in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, the first courtesy of First Bout in 1985 and the most recent being that of Peace And Co three years ago. In comparison the two successes achieved by Alan King ( Penzance in 2005 and Katchit in 2007 ) looks almost insignificant but with Redicean the master of Barbury Castle Stables has a decent chance of narrowing the deficit in the juvenile contest on Friday 16th March.

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Sent off the 10-11 favourite to make it three from three over hurdles in the Grade 2 Betdaq #ChangingForTheBettor Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday afternoon, the son of Medicean showed an impressive turn of foot after taking up the running jumping the second-last, sprinting clear to give 5lb and a seven length beating to the talented Paul Nicholls inmate Malaya, with French challenger Beau Gosse a long-looking ten lengths back in third.

Such was the impression left by the mount of Wayne Hutchinson that bookmakers were quick to slash his odds for Cheltenham, with the 6-1 available with Betfair Sportsbook and Boylesports the top offer behind 11-4 market leader Apples Shakira, unsurprisingly in the care of a certain trainer by the name of Nicky Henderson. While the two mile contest is hardly a two-horse affair it would be no great shock to see the finish fought out by the two principles who have yet to put a foot wrong in the run up to the festival.

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One horse who will not be on show at national hunt racing’s four-day extravaganza is the Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname who landed odds of 2-5 with little fuss in the Betdaq Now 2% Commission Pendil Novices’ Chase. The only scare for those who took the short odds came at the fourth from home where the mount of Sean Bowen took off far too early, causing his rider to lose his irons, but once the partnership regained their composure the pair cantered home from second favourite The Unit who was never jumping with any fluency. With Cheltenham not on the six-year-old’s agenda Ayr’s Future Champions Novices’ Chase was put forward as the possible target for the Nickname gelding.

Global Citizen, Master Dee and Bumper winner Danny Kirwan all ran out easy winners on the card but, like Cyrname, are expected to bypass Cheltenham in favour of Aintree.

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