Carole’s Destrier ran out the winner of the inaugural Kempton Park Betdaq Silver Plate for horses that failed to get into the handicap hurdles at Cheltenham.
Successful in a heavy ground maiden at Huntingdon in January before just qualifying for the Pertemps Final at Exeter, Neil Mulholland’s gelding made hard work of taking the �35,000 prize but scraped home by a short head from Marcilhac.
“I had him in three handicaps but I knew he had no chance,” said Mulholland of the Michael Byrne-ridden winner, sent off a 14-1 chance. “He was just a bit unexposed. But I’d trained him for this week and I know he’ll get in next year.”
Robin Dickin went very close to a Cheltenham Festival success with stable star Thomas Crapper in the Martin Pipe so was not too surprised to see Kitegen get off the mark over fences at the first attempt.
The 7-1 chance had been kept on the sidelines during the winter but had a spring in his step as he pulled two lengths away from Able Deputy in the closing stages of the Betdaq The Sports Betting Exchange Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
“I don’t want to make too much of it, but I did see this horse and Thomas Crapper as two peas from the same pod at the start of the season as they were rated 122 or 123 and while they are both not very big, they don’t half jump,” said Dickin. “He’s not a horse I wanted to risk on heavy ground.”
Dickin and Charlie Poste were to double up with the front-running Badgers Cove (5-2 favourite) in the Betdaq 25 No Lose Mobile Bet Handicap Chase.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines