Flying Solo in the Adonis at Kempton
After Devoting His Competitions on his British debut in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton solo thrust himself.
The four-year-old – who is an entire – booked his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival as he revealed a class above his competitors on his very first start for winner trainer Paul Nicholls.
Prior to crossing the line from the unbeaten Fujimoto Flyer, front rank throughout the two-mile contest, the favourite put the race into bed early in the home directly.
Bookmakers were running for cover regarding his price for Cheltenham, also Nicholls said:”I’m obviously thrilled. I wished to find that type of performance, although we were shown by him in the home he was quite smart.
“As I said before with Pic D’Orhy, sometimes these French horses come and you do not know if they have acclimatised, but he’s got.
“He’s really been a joy to train and does all well. He’s dead person relaxed and did. He yells on each bit of work you provide him. The Triumph will fit him nicely.
“At the moment he would mind up our juveniles and he is very wise. He’ll absolutely have to run from the Triumph now, so fingers crossed he remains healthy over the next two months”
The time Nicholls finished the Adonis-Triumph Hurdle double was with Zarkandar back. The Ditcheat handler believes he has much more in common with the other of his Grade One winners.
He explained:”He’s larger and scopier compared to Zarkandar, as he was a Flat horse producing his debut , whereas he (Solo) won well at Auteuil the last day. I thought that he was decent and he looks a proper horse.
“He strikes me in the design of Master Minded, ” as he is a big, strong horse that will create a beautiful chaser one day”
Talented dual-purpose celebrity Who Dares Wins added a victory over fences with a battling victory in the Betway Pendil Novices Chase.
Last year’s Northumberland Plate hero had finished second on his two starts on fences, suffering an defeat Plumpton out time.
However, that the eight-year-old left behind when getting the better from three-quarters of a length off Southfield Stone that effort, to choose the Grade Two trophy in danger of 10-1.
Winning trainer Alan King stated:”He is a very good horse. He is a animal and has taken us everywhere – Ascot, Cheltenham and Liverpool, the Northumberland Plate.
“It just all went horribly wrong at Plumpton the other day. He walked through the ditch, and then he got brought down. I don’t think he needs Plumpton heavy, although He’s a ground horse around the Flat.
“We have waited and there are very few possibilities, so we have needed to come here now. Thank goodness they have had a dry few days.
“The plan was to likely not get to the front too soon, but if Paul’s horse (Master Tommytucker) dropped four out, we almost got brought down and we all had to commit then, but he has battled on well.”
He will go, Who Dares Wins holds three entrances at Cheltenham, King is uncertain which path.
He added:”I want to go home and think about it, but I wouldn’t be frightened of moving three miles with him.”
A visit to Aintree could be on the cards to get runner-up Southfield Stone, based on Nicholls.
He said:”He’s run a solid race today. He made one mistake at the ditch. He would have top-weight from the Northern Trust Handicap plus he has had two races that are tough.
“I’d be more inclined to offer him a small confidence booster or choose a Grade One at Aintree.”