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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Kempton's on track for Kauto drive for five

Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford reports the track to be in good nick as preparations continue apace for Saturday's William Hill King George VI Chase.

The Grade One showpiece has been held over since Kempton were forced to abandon their two-day Christmas fixture due to the cold snap. That delay meant Paul Nicholls' Kauto Star has had to wait three more weeks to bid for a fifth success in the three-mile race, but all is set fair for his record-breaking challenge.

Clifford said: "It's good to soft, soft in places at the moment. The forecast for this week would really just keep us where we are at the moment, or perhaps it might just go soft, good to soft in places but I'm really pleased with the condition of the track."



Our Father hasn't a prayer for Festival

David Johnson has ruled out a trip to the Cheltenham Festival for impressive Chepstow winner Our Father.

The well-regarded four-year-old put up a good performance to run out a four-length winner on his racecourse bow in a two- and-a-half mile maiden event.

Johnson and trainer David Pipe are now planning another couple of low-key outings for the grey. "After the race Timmy (Murphy, jockey) said not to even think about Cheltenham or Aintree this year, give him chance to mature and grow," said Johnson. "He will probably have a couple more soft hurdle races this year and then be put away."

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