Money back if favourite wins

  • Last Updated: February 22 2014, 14:58 GMT

The sponsors will refund losing bets up to the value of £25 if the favourite wins the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton.

Irving: Current favourite
Irving: Current favourite

At present, that horse is Irving, who is set to defend an unbeaten record for Paul Nicholls. He lowered the colours of Volnay De Thaix last time and has been backed into favouritism for today's contest.

The Ditcheat handler said: "He's been off for a while but he's been ready to run.

"I just thought there's one or two to beat on form at Kempton, not like at Newbury in the Betfair Hurdle when there's about 20 to beat."

Irving is owned by the Axom syndicate, whose racing manager, Dan Downie, said: "It's all really exciting.

"We were desperate to get another run into him somewhere if we could and in an ideal world we could have done with this race being last Saturday to have given us an extra week before Cheltenham.

"It looks a good opportunity, though, and, like Paul says, even if he gets beaten he won't have as hard a race as he would have done at Newbury in that ground.

"Ideally we'd want better ground but if we wanted to run, this is about as good as we're going to get. It's certainly not bad enough to stop us running."

Alan King saddles smart flat recruit First Mohican, who impressed in making a winning debut over hurdles at Doncaster and has been well supported for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

"He has worked well since and schooled on Thursday, and if all goes well it will be the Supreme next," confirmed King on

Nicky Henderson steps the promising Cup Final up in grade while Nick Williams has Amore Alato, who sprung a 12/1 surprise at the track on Boxing Day when beating the Nicholls-trained Fascino Rustico.

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