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  • Kauto Stone Crowned Champion

JNwine.com Champion Chase (Grade 1) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner €84,000 2nd €26,600 3rd €12,600 4th €4,200 5th €2,100 6th €700
  • Going: Yielding to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 17.30s
  • Off time: 14:25:15
  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 15:01 GMT

Kauto Stone won the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal for Paul Nicholls and Daryl Jacob.

Kauto Stone leads First Lieutenant over the last
Kauto Stone leads First Lieutenant over the last

The six-year-old was following in the hoofprints of half-brother Kauto Star in winning Northern Ireland's premier chase and jumped and travelled well throughout.

The 4/1 chance went to the front between the final two fences and a fluent leap at the last sealed his win, Jacob driving Kauto Stone out to score by a length from the dogged First Lieutenant (9/2).

Last year's winner Quito De La Roque (2/1 favourite) had to settle for third spot this time around while Sizing Europe was a notable non-runner.

Jacob told At the Races: "He did it nicely. He travelled well and we got a lovely lead through the race. I think he will improve from that.

"They went a nice, even gallop all the way. He travelled well in the Tingle Creek Chase (last year) so he was always going to travel well today.

"Paul is a master at keeping horses fresh and well and I'm sure he will have a nice target in mind for him at home."

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