Exciting chasing prospect Kalashnikov cemented his Arkle Chase favouritism on his fencing debut
Greg Wood: Kalashnikov, the runner-up in last year’s Supreme Novice Hurdle, was not entirely flawless as he made a winning debut over fences at Warwick on Friday, but he still did enough to cement his status as the clear ante-post favourite for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham’s Festival meeting next March.
Amy Murphy’s five-year-old was sent off at 1-4 to beat three opponents, but his clumsy jump at the first open ditch was a nervous moment for anyone who had taken the short odds.
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For Friday’s rewards, I’m relying on Dexcite (2.30) at Warwick, where he has his second outing since joining Alan King. Now seven, he won a couple of races for Tom George a couple of years ago and showed some encouragement on his comeback run last December, but, for whatever reason, the rest of the season didn’t work out well for him.
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