Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

King Reigns at Sandown after a Delightful Double

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

King Reigns at Sandown after a Delightful Double

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MESSIRE Des Obeaux highlighted why Alan King was eager to keep him in his yard after he formed the second leg of a Sandown double for the Wiltshire trainer.

The four-year-old, one of a number of horses dispersed by Potensis Bloodstock Limited, made it two from two for new owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede in the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, better known as the Winter Novices' Hurdle.

Messire Des Obeaux looked set to be placed at best over the penultimate flight, but the well-supported 9-4 shot found plenty for pressure to forge on close to the line to defeat last season's Champion Bumper winner Ballyandy by half a length.

King said: "He was very game. I thought between the last two he was going to run very well but finish third, but then he knuckled down well.

"That's the first time he's had a gun put to his head and gave 7lb to Ballyandy, so it was a good performance.

"The Challow Hurdle (Newbury) would seem the obvious place to go but the only thing that would put me off is my last few runners have been lapped in it.

"I should think he'd be a bit better again on even softer ground as he likes plenty of juice.

"If he didn't go to Newbury he'd go to Warwick for the Leamington (Novices' Hurdle).

"I wouldn't be surprised if come March we're looking at the three-miler (Albert Bartlett)."

Stablemate Dino Velvet earlier received quotes for the Triumph Hurdle at the Festival after he atoned for a late fall on his Cheltenham debut with victory in the Beazley Insurance Introductory Juvenile Hurdle.

Despite having mistimed the final flight, the 8-11 favourite still crossed the line eight lengths clear of Buckle Street.

King said: "I like the way he finished off. Although he had schooled very well at home, he just remembered that fall as he jumped the first couple very big.

"We always wanted to try and get a bit of cover and the aim was to switch him off as at Cheltenham he was doing a bit too much and he fell through tiredness as much as anything. …

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