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  • Salubrious Chasing Silver Gold

totepool.com Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 13 runners)
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 50.00s
  • Off time: 16:16:37
Full result
Result 16:15 Chepstow
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 11 Lamb Or Cod 7/2
2nd 7 Arthurian Legend nk 4/1
3rd 3 Tony Star nk 10/1
  • Last Updated: October 26 2012, 16:40 BST

Part-owner Andy Stewart is looking forward to seeing the unexposed Salubrious make his return to action in the totepool.com Silver Trophy on Saturday.

Philip Hobbs: Four runners in Chepstow feature on Saturday
Philip Hobbs: Four runners in Chepstow feature on Saturday

An impressive bumper victory at Stratford in September of last year prompted Stewart and David Johnson to snap up the five-year-old and send him to champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

He failed to fire in a bumper at Cheltenham's Open meeting on his debut for new connections, but did win on his hurdling introduction at Taunton in late December.

Salubrious has not been seen since and starts off life in handicap company off a very workable mark of 129, with Ruby Walsh doing the steering.

Stewart said: "He ran in a bumper at Cheltenham on his first run for us last season and then won his race over hurdles. He's still a young horse and he has improved, as you would expect.

"Ruby is going to Chepstow so he'll ride him and it will be interesting to see how he goes on his first run for a while. I'm in Barbados at the moment but I'll certainly be watching on TV."

Last year's winner Arthurian Legend is one of four runners in the race for trainer Philip Hobbs.

Assessing their chances, the Minehead handler said: "Tony Star is probably the one in form and hopefully he'll run well.

"Chance Du Roy is more of a chaser, but we wanted to give him a run back over hurdles before he goes back over fences.

"Arthurian Legend won the race last year, so he deserves his place in the race, and everything Lamb Or Cod did in Ireland suggested he wanted two and a half miles on softer ground, so we'll see what happens."

Robin Dickin is keen on the chances of Kitegen, who steps up in grade having won over course and distance a couple of weeks ago.

The trainer said: "He's very well and he's come out of all of his races well. I think he could be the real deal.

"Had the top horse (Smad Place) run, then we would probably have run our horse in the Persian War novice race on the same card.

"He has good form on the track and the ground and he's got to step up and play with the big boys at some stage. We're hopeful he's going to run very well."

Robinson Collonges was third in the race for Paul Nicholls last year and has since joined the champion trainer's former assistant Harry Fry, who has made an excellent start to his own training career.

Fry said: "He's obviously new to us, but he seems well in himself and the change of scenery seems to have helped him.

"He was third in the race last year but lost his way after that, so it's a fact-finding mission to find out where we are with him and a confidence-booster as much as anything.

"Our last two runners have won, so the horses are in good form and we couldn't have wished for a better start."

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