Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ready to Post Win; Nacarat May Make History

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ready to Post Win; Nacarat May Make History

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NACARAT can become only the second horse to win the Racing Post Chase twice when the dashing grey attempts to justify favouritism in Kempton's feature event today.

With Cheltenham not on the agenda because the nine-year-old (pictured) doesn't like racing downhill, trainer Tom George has primed him for a repeat success and he couldn't have been more impressive when strolling home a year ago.

Tony McCoy rode him that day and, with stable jockey Sam Thomas suspended, the champion renews his acquaintance with a horse who is best served by a flat track and being ridden positively.

Although it was good ground last year, the mud will not be an inconvenience to Nacarat, who had winning form in testing conditions in France earlier in this career.

He has to defy an 11lb higher mark, which his trainer reckons he is entitled to after the way he disposed of the opposition in the 2009 event, and he believes the horse has improved a lot since and his fitness level is now what it should be.

Following a seasonal reappearance at Exeter, which doesn't play to his strengths, and a spin over hurdles at Newbury behind Big Buck's, which he didn't like, Nacarat confirmed he was on his way back when prominent for a long way in the King George albeit finishing in a different parish to Kauto Star.

However, he was the only one to make a race of it with the winner until his exertions caught up with him. This is more realistic and he can emulate Docklands Express who won the prize in successive years (1991 and 1992).

The return to three miles will suit Miss Mitch. She separated Our Vic and Don't Push It in a conditions chase at Warwick in December and the winner went on to land the Peter Marsh Chase. She was then touched off at Ascot by The Sawyer and that form has worked out well. Kilcrea Castle was a couple of lengths adrift of Miss Mitch at Ascot and there is precious little between them at the revised weights. …

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