Betway Challow Novices' Hurdle
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Grade 1, Newbury 15:00
£40,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 118y, Class 1  
Saturday 29th December 2018

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Tom Lacey is rarely one to rush into grand plans, but he is considering a tilt at Grade One glory for Kateson after his debut win over hurdles at Chepstow.

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The five-year-old is a step closer to the Challow Hurdle after adding Wednesday’s three-and-a-half-length victory to his runner-up spot in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree in April.

Following Kateson’s success in the Skiptons Supporting Velindre Maiden Hurdle, Lacey said of his 2-1 winner: “What a way to start!

“He is an exciting horse to have.

“Tom (Scudamore) said having hurdles there really helped him. We always thought, judging by his bumper runs, he would want north of two miles – and it was a lovely race to start in.

“We will just take it step by step, but the Challow Hurdle is a nice target to have. The horse has got to take us there, but that is the ideal type of race for him.”

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Challow Novices' Hurdle 2017
£40,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 118y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Poetic Rhythm (IRE) 15/8f P J Brennan
F O'Brien 6
2nd s.h Mulcahys Hill (IRE) 16/1 A P Heskin
W Greatrex 5
3rd 23 Kilbricken Storm (IRE) 11/4 Harry Cobden
C L Tizzard 6
4th Way Back Then (IRE) 7/1 Nico de Boinville
B Pauling 6
5th 30 Dans Le Vent (FR) 16/1 G Sheehan
Jamie Snowden 4
PU Dame Rose (FR) 3/1 Harry Skelton
Richard Hobson 4

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