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  • 14:00 Kauto Star Novices' Chase 3m

  • (In Memory Of Nigel Clark) (Formerly The Feltham Novices' Chase) (Grade 1) £70,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 9.72s
  • Off time: 14:01:00

Coneygree stars at Kempton

Last Updated: 26/12/14 2:40pm

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Coneygree wins by 40 lengths

Coneygree wins by 40 lengths

What looked a fascinating Kauto Star Novices' Chase (In Memory Of Nigel Clark) was turned into a rout by Coneygree.

In truth, his task was made much easier by the jumping frailties of many of his rivals, including the hot favourite Saphir Du Rheu.

Having made a couple of niggly errors early on, Saphir Du Rheu departed early on the second circuit.

Creepy had already ruined his chance with a shuddering error and not long after that Carraig Mor departed, when challenging Coneygree for the lead.

Mark Bradstock's seven-year-old, who had to sit out last season with injury, barely missed a beat at the head of affairs and the 100-30 chance soon had Sausalito Sunrise struggling when he fell, too.

That left Virak in second but he was treading water in the straight and was eventually caught for second by Warden Hill, who was initially reluctant to race, but the pair were 40 lengths behind Nico de Boinville on Coneygree, in a race formerly known as the Feltham.

De Boinville said: "I was completely oblivious (to what was happening in behind) which possibly says a lot about me.

"You dream of being on horses like this when you're a young boy. It's fantastic to be associated with him and the whole Bradstock team.

"The world is his oyster at the moment.

"I think (Cheltenham) will be right up his street. He jumps and travels, that is his game, and he grinds them down."

De Boinville added: "It's not sunk in yet - I never thought I'd ride a Grade One winner in my life."

Bradstock said: "We've put an outdoor school in, since when this horse has done a lot of show-jumping work and the whole thing has proved of real benefit to him and our other horses.

"It's a real family concern and I'm lucky to have a son and a daughter that have helped a lot, as well of course as an amazing wife!

"Let's also not forget Chicky (Lady Oaksey), who does such a great job."

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