Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Portrait King Lords It after Eider Chase

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Portrait King Lords It after Eider Chase

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IRISH eyes were smiling at Newcastle as the gambled-on raider Portrait King (11-4 favourite) rallied gamely to land the Betfred Eider Chase.

In a terrific finish at the end of a gruelling four miles and a furlong, it was the 11-4 favourite who found extra under a strong drive from the in-form Denis O'Regan to land the spoils.

At seven years old, Maurice Phelan's runner was the youngest in the field and showed immense determination.

Boris The Blade, Incentivise and Captain Americo shared the pacemaking duties until the race began in earnest in the straight on the final circuit.

Posh Bird looked the likely winner when she was in front over the last, but Portrait King found more close home to win by three lengths. Captain Americo plugged on stoutly for third.

Winning jockey Denis O'Regan said: "I got the ride as a spare ride late on Friday, and my agent was quick on the button. It's a fantastic race to win.

"He jumped so well and travelled so well. Once I got stuck into him, he rallied underneath me."

Two horses from different ends of the spectrum gave trainer Tom George an afternoon to remember on Racing Plus Chase day at Kempton.

The Gloucestershire handler struck first with exciting juvenile Baby Mix, who looks to have a huge future after the Download William Hill From The App-Store Adonis Juvenile Hurdle.

The brace was completed by Nacarat, who although coming to the end of a fine career, proved he still he still has plenty to offer by landing the feature event for the second time. The 11-yearold grey plundered the hugely valuable handicap in 2009 and had been placed in the next two renewals.

Some excellent efforts behind staying greats Long Run and Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase over course and distance were further evidence of his love for the flat Sunbury circuit.

Left in front after Fiendish Flame dropped away, the 9-2 chance had most of his rivals toiling before the turn for home, but Hector's Choice emerged as a real threat. …

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