Paul Nicholls happt with winning start for Brio Conti
Last Updated: 13/11/17 6:52pm
Paul Nicholls will look to give Brio Conti more experience after the six-year-old made a winning debut over fences by a narrow margin in the Compare At bookies.
Brio Conti was a smart novice hurdler last term, ending the campaign with a respectable fifth place behind Finian's Oscar in a Grade One contest at Aintree in April.
He was sent off the 2-5 favourite to make an immediate mark over the bigger obstacles, but those who took those short odds did not have an easy time as Alzammaar made Brio Conti fight to get the verdict by a short head under Sean Bowen.
Speaking from Kempton, Nicholls said: "He just got home and Sean had to pull him back a bit as he was a bit free.
"I've had a few problems with him, but he will improve massively for the run as he would have needed it. I wasn't going to run him until it cut up like it did.
"He is a proper horse and will be way better than that run. He will just get better. We may just find another smaller race with him to get some more experience."
There was a sting in the tail for the successful rider as Bowen picked up a two-day ban for hitting his mount in the incorrect place approaching the winning line.
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