32Red Kauto Star Novices' Chase
Grade 1, Kempton Park 13:55
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m, Class 1  
Wednesday 26th December 2018

30181

1 La Bague Au Roi 8/1
2 Topofthegame 5/1
3 Santini 11/10F
7 ran Distances: 1½l, 2l, 11l
Time: 6m 1.50s (slow by 7.50s)

La Bague Au Roi gamely rallies to defeat Topofthegame

La Bague Au Roi
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La Bague Au Roi

La Bague Au Roi has been the apple of trainer Warren Greatrex's eye for some time - and lined up contest with a perfect record over fences to date.

She was always going to be tested to the limit though, in what looked the deepest renewal of the three-mile showpiece for many a year.

Richard Johnson was happy to take a lead for two-thirds of the contest, as Red Indian and Bags Groove set the pace, until the latter disappointingly dropped away on the second circuit.

La Bague Au Roi jumped herself to the front a long way from home, gaining lengths at her fences and putting the others under pressure, including the favourite Santini, who was caught flat-footed turning in.

It was the Paul Nicholls-trained Topofthegame who loomed up as the big threat and he looked sure to win when Henry Cobden kicked him into a lead approaching the second-last, but he met the fence wrong.

That gave La Bague Au Roi the advantage again and like a terrier she would not be denied, flying the last and keeping on for a length-and-a-half victory.

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Kauto Star Novices' Chase
(Formerly The Feltham Novices' Chase) (Grade 1)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1,
7 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in Places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st La Bague Au Roi (FR) 8/1 R Johnson
11-0
W Greatrex 7
2nd Topofthegame (IRE) 5/1 H Cobden
11-7
P F Nicholls 6
3rd 2 Santini 11/10f Nico de Boinville
11-7
N J Henderson 6
4th 11 Red Indian 25/1 Ross Chapman
11-7
Miss Kelly Morgan 6
5th 22 Bags Groove (IRE) 9/2 N D Fehily
11-7
H Fry 7
6th 6 The Worlds End (IRE) 6/1 G Sheehan
11-7
T R George 7
UR No Hassle Hoff (IRE) 50/1 D A Jacob
11-7
D Skelton 6