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  • 12:55 - Play Poker Novices' Chase2m

  • £16,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 13.70s
  • Off time: 12:55:15

Max Makes Winning Start

Last Updated: 20/01/10 4:55pm

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Mad Max - Arkle aim at Cheltenham.

Mad Max - Arkle aim at Cheltenham.

There was no more appropriate man than Kempton king Nicky Henderson to welcome back National Hunt racing on turf as Mad Max whetted the appetite for bigger days ahead with victory on his debut over fences.

Henderson is the leading trainer by some way at the Sunbury track and his giant eight-year-old warmed up for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy by edging out honia in the - Play Poker Novices' Chase.

The race was the second on the card as Kempton entertained jumps fans after a near two-week exile due to the 'big freeze' and Mad Max treated them to some superb and fluent jumping.

The 5-6 favourite impressed despite a slight mistake at the second-last and Barry Geraghty's mount is now quoted at 20-1 by Sky Bet and Victor Chandler for the Arkle on March 16.

Henderson said: "He does take a lot of work and he did get tired, but I had to get him on to the track.

"He was held up with the weather, but has enjoyed himself and the breathing operation seems to have worked as he didn't make a noise during the race.

"We will do this again on better ground and he will then go for the Arkle."

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