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coral.co.uk Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 110y

  • (3yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.90s
  • Off time: 14:03:33
Full result
Result 14:00 Chepstow
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Le Rocher 11/2
2nd 3 Kentucky Hyden 2/1
  • Last Updated: December 27 2013, 12:34 GMT

A long-term plan could come to fruition for Alan King tomorrow when Chocala runs in the coral.co.uk Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow.

Kentucky Hyden (left): Bids to get season on track
Kentucky Hyden (left): Bids to get season on track

Useful on the level in the summer, King stated on more than one occasion that he could not wait for him to tackle eight flights of hurdles.

Although beaten on his debut at Newbury he shaped encouragingly in third in what was the hottest event of its type seen anywhere so far this season.

The Barbury Castle handler believes his charge already needs a really stern test of stamina and there is no doubt he should get that in Wales.

"The Finale Junior Hurdle has always been the race we have had in mind for Chocala as he loves soft ground, and, with 97 millimetres of rain having fallen on the Gwent course in the last nine days, he should be in his element," said

King on www.alankingracing.co.uk.

"We were happy with his third first time over jumps at Newbury, where the ground had dried up more than we would have liked.

"It was also a hot juvenile hurdle - the fourth went back to Newbury and won last week - so we are looking for a big run from Chocala."

Gary Moore's unbeaten Violet Dancer and Nicky Henderson's Kentucky Hyden hold the best British form with Nick Williams' French import Le Rocher an interesting addition.

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