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  • 15:00 Southampton Makes More Sense Beginners' Chase2m 3f 35y

  • £10,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 9.04s
  • Off time: 15:00:21

Calipto 33/1 for Arkle at Cheltenham Festival after Fontwell win

Last Updated: 21/10/15 3:50pm

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Calipto impressed on his chase debut at Fontwell

Calipto impressed on his chase debut at Fontwell

Calipto made a pleasing debut over fences with a ready success in the Southampton Makes More Sense Beginners' Chase at Fontwell.

Last seen finishing sixth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April, the Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old took an instant shine to the bigger obstacles winning with the minimum of fuss.

After Halling's Wish had made the early running and then unseated his rider Jamie Moore, the race developed into a duel between Calipto and his main market rival Wadswick Court over the last four fences.

However, Calipto (8-15 favourite) was always going best and jumped into the lead at the last and scored by four and a half lengths with Sam Twiston-Davies hardly moving a muscle.

"I liked the way he relaxed and his jumping was very sound," the jockey told At The Races.

"It was very pleasing first time out over fences and hopefully there's a lot we can take from today.

"I left him quietly early on. I was more concerned about him relaxing. We met a few fences deep and were slow at a few, but he relaxed and when we got winding it up he was still very relaxed.

"When I asked him to quicken up he was very good as well.

"Virak won this race (for the Nicholls team) last year, look what he went on to do (won a Grade Two at Doncaster and was third to Coneygree at Kempton on Boxing Day). Calipto is a slightly different horse and has a lot more speed and will go for the slightly shorter novice chases.

"He's one I'll be looking forward to riding again. He has load of boot."

Sky Bet introduced Calipto at 33/1 for the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

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