Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
|Grade 2, Kempton Park 15:05
2m, Class 1
|Saturday 27th February 2016|
1 Winter Escape 4/6F
2 Marracudja 9/2
3 Welsh Shadow 5/1
5 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1¼l, 15l
TIME 3m 49.60s (slow by 7.60s)
Winter Escape runs down Marracudja to win for trainer Alan King and jockey Barry Geraghty
Alan King's five-year-old was a warm order as 4/6 favourite following two victories at Doncaster this season and he just did enough to justify those short odds following a protracted battle with Paul Nicholls' front-runner.
Sam Twiston-Davies had tried to make all aboard Marracudja and he looked to have Winter Escape in a bit of trouble in the closing stages, but the favourite warmed to his task under Barry Geraghty close home to win by a-length-and-a-quarter.
Geraghty said: "We went very quick and it's not far off good ground, so it will have been a rude awakening for a horse with so little experience.
"It was a big lesson for him, he's a lovely sort and going the right way.
"We'll have a chat (about Cheltenham) and see, but he'll improve an awful lot for the experience."
Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Winter Escape (IRE) 4/6f||B J Geraghty
|2nd||1¼||Marracudja (FR) 9/2||Sam Twiston-Davies
|P F Nicholls||5|
|3rd||1¼||Welsh Shadow (IRE) 5/1||Harry Skelton
|4th||15||Oceane (FR) 12/1||Wayne Hutchinson
|5th||12||Cold March (FR) 14/1||Aidan Coleman
|Miss V Williams||6|