Kie is a reliable sort and didn't do a lot wrong when runner-up to the more experienced Nozic at Kempton earlier this month but we like the way ARTHUR'S PASS is progressing. He was pulled up on his chasing bow here in November but that was his first run for 18 months and he's won twice since at Leicester in the style of an improver. A hat-trick beckons as Carrigmorna King's jumping here last time left much to be desired and he is giving plenty of weight to his two rivals.
Carrigmorna King (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Chased leader, led 2nd, mistake and headed 7th, mistake 8th, soon lost 2nd, blundered next, soon beaten, tailed off and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Changing Times (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f Novice Limited Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Kie (IRE) 9-4fav (11-8) Led, headed 4 out, chased winner, ridden before next, no impression from 2 out, 2nd of 7, 13l behind Nozic (10-10) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
Arthur's Pass 13-8fav (11-10) Pressed leader, led 5th, ridden after 2 out, edged right after last, stayed on (no time taken), won at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Sawpit Supreme (10-4) by 3l, 6 ran.