Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
Grade 2, Kempton Park 15:05
£30,000 added,
4yo only,
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

Winter Escape

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
5 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Winter Escape (IRE) 4/6f B J Geraghty
A King 5
2nd Marracudja (FR) 9/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 5
3rd Welsh Shadow (IRE) 5/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 6
4th 15 Oceane (FR) 12/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 4
5th 12 Cold March (FR) 14/1 Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams 6

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