Ground key to Kaki Festival bid

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 7 months ago

Kaki De La Pree will have two options at the Cheltenham Festival, although his participation is very much dependent on the ground.

The seven-year-old cost �115,000 back in 2011 but was snapped up by trainer Tom Symonds for just �13,000 last year after one run for Nicky Henderson.

Kaki De La Pree has already paid back that price tag by winning two of his five hurdles starts this term, as well as finishing a creditable second in a Haydock Grade Two on Saturday.

He was beaten 12 lengths by Toubeera, although he was conceding 10lb, and Symonds was pleased to see him step up on his previous fifth in the Challow Hurdle.

Kaki De La Pree is a 33-1 shot for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival and is also qualified for the �80,000 Pertemps Network Final.

“We were very happy with his performance, he ran how we thought he might,” Symonds said.

“It’s just annoying to have run into the mare (Toubeera). She looks quite good and it was good to see him back on form as it showed his Challow run was not really him.

“He’s in the Albert Bartlett and he will be in the Pertemps, too, but it will all depend on the weather.

“He’s a big, heavy-topped horse and I wouldn’t want to risk him on anything other than soft ground really.

“We will see what the weather does, but he won’t have too many more runs over hurdles as he’s very much a chaser.”

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