Kauto Star Novices' Chase
Grade 1, Kempton Park
£40,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m, Class 1
Thursday 26th December 2013

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1 Annacotty 12/1
2 Green Flag 7/2
3 Third Intention 6/1
5 ran Distances: 10l, 8l, 11l
TIME 6m 17.10s (slow by 19.10s)

Annacotty ran his rivals ragged to spring a surprise in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton.

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Ian Popham took no prisoners on the Martin Keighley-trained 12-1 chance, who had the opposition in trouble a long way from home in a race more familiar as the Feltham Novices' Chase.

A course-and-distance winner and wearing blinkers for the first time, Annacotty came home 10 lengths clear of Green Flag. Just A Par, the 8-13 favourite, was unable to keep tabs on the first two and was well beaten.

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 said: "That's my first Grade One winner, it's fantastic. We always thought he was a good horse and his win round here last month was really pleasing. He was a bit disappointing the next twice and we thought he was keeping a bit for himself, so today we put the blinkers on. He's gone well with them on at home and he's a relentless galloper. He got them at it one by one."

When asked if he could be a horse for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Keighley, who moments later was on the mark in the Lincolnshire National with Merlin's Wish at Market Rasen, said: "He stays very well, you'd have to look that way now. He goes on any ground."


Kauto Star Novices' Chase 2013
(In Memory Of Nigel Clark) (Formerly The Feltham Novices' Chase) (Grade 1)
£40000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1,
7 ran
Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
M Keighley
Ian Popham
11st 7lbs
12 - 1
Green Flag
Miss Lucinda V Russell
T Scudamore
11st 7lbs
7 - 2
10 lengths
Third Intention
C L Tizzard
J Tizzard
11st 7lbs
6 - 1
8 lengths
Just A Par
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 7lbs
8 - 13
11 lengths
Buachaill Alainn
P Bowen
R Johnson
11st 7lbs
25 - 1
61 lengths

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