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Kauto Star Novices' Chase (In Memory Of Nigel Clark) (Formerly The Feltham Novices' Chase) (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731 5th £1,876 6th £938
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 18.90s
  • Off time: 14:00:08
  • Last Updated: December 26 2013, 16:27 GMT

Martin Keighley's Annacotty jumped his rivals into submission in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Annacotty jumps his rivals ragged at Kempton
Annacotty jumps his rivals ragged at Kempton

The 12/1 chance responded positively to the application of first-time blinkers to land the Grade One that was formerly known as the Feltham.

The race is now named after the legendary five-time King George winner, who was in attendance, and he would've been proud of the winner's round of jumping, Annacotty even throwing in his only semblance of an error late in the piece just like the former Paul Nicholls-trained champion liked to do in his heyday.

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However, the race was already in the bag by then, with Nicholls' Just A Par (8/13 favourite) beating a steady retreat as he failed to cope with the gallop.

Lucinda Russell's Green Flag (7/2) ran on for second with Third Intention third again, just like he was in the same contest last year.

Winning rider Ian Popham said: "The blinkers have really sharpened him up. Today, even when he was in tight, he was very quick.

"He's toughed it out. It's tough conditions out there. I couldn't believe how far clear I was two out."

Keighley added: "We just felt he was saving a bit, we wanted him to focus on the job and he schooled well in them at home.

"He stays very well so we'd think about the RSA maybe."

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