Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
Grade 2, Kempton Park 15:10
£30,000 added,
4yo only,
2m, Class 1  
Saturday 21st February 2015


1 Days Of Heaven 11/10F
2 Vago Collonges 11/8
3 The Grey Taylor 5/1
NR: Kavanaghs Corner (IRE)
4 ran Distances: 2¾l, 32l, 90l
TIME 4m 3.60s (slow by 21.60s)

Days Of Heaven gets the better of Vago Collonges in the SkyBet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle

Days Of Heaven
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Days Of Heaven

The 11-10 favourite looked in a bit of trouble at the second-last when Vago Collonges got a flyer, but he soon picked up for Barry Geraghty and ran out a comfortable two-and-three-quarter-length winner.

Days Of Heaven has given plenty of trouble at the start in the past and he looked a little troublesome once again before eventually jumping off on terms.

Geraghty said: "He was a lot better today, he's just a little bit edgy. We fluffed the second-last, but he was good at the last. I think he'll be a very good horse. He has lots of class and is an exciting type."

Trainer Nicky Henderson added: "I dare not put him in at Cheltenham as he would not cope with that at this stage, but Barry thinks he ought to go to Aintree. Good ground will help him a lot.

"Getting through the preliminaries is a bit scary with him. He is very good, but I thought he had chucked it away at the second-last. He was straight back on the bridle. He is very talented."

Owner Michael Buckley said: "I think it was pretty impressive to pick up when he did in bad ground. I heard Paul Nicholls (trainer of Vago Collonges) congratulating Nicky saying he thinks they are two fair horses."


Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
4 ran
Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey /Weight Trainer Age
1st Days Of Heaven (FR) 11/10f B J Geraghty
N J Henderson 5
2nd Vago Collonges (FR) 11/8 S Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 6
3rd 32 The Grey Taylor (IRE) 5/1 R Johnson
B Ellison 6
4th 90 Mister Green (FR) 150/1 S P Jones
D Flood 9
WN Kavanaghs Corner (IRE) 50/1 P J Brennan
Simon Earle 6

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