Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Follow-Up Victory for Three Kingdoms; RACING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Follow-Up Victory for Three Kingdoms; RACING

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THREE Kingdoms built on his debut fencing triumph with another encouraging victory in the Akis Business Consultants Novices' Chase at Newcastle.

Successful over the bigger obstacles at Leicester last month, the John Ferguson-trained five-year-old followed up in some style.

Ifandbutwhynot, who was receiving 7lb, set out to make it a true test over the extended two miles while Brian Hughes kept Three Kingdoms handy in second place of the four runners.

It soon became a two-horse battle and there was little to choose between the pair at the final fence, but Three Kingdoms (4-5 favourite) got the upper hand on the run-in to score by a length and a half.

"I'm delighted with the way he ran. Brian said he didn't like the ground and he proved as a hurdler he was better on good ground," said Ferguson (pictured).

"I'm delighted he's gone to Leicester and gone to Newcastle and he's won well both times, getting experience.

"I'll now put him away over the Christmas period and I'll bring him back probably for the Lightning at Doncaster or the Kingmaker at Warwick. …

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