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Monday 18 December 2017

Kauto looks primed to justify hype for Nicholls

KAUTO STONE has attracted plenty of hype after joining the Paul Nicholls team this year and he can really start to justify the buzz with victory at Ascot.





A half-brother to Nicholls' legendary Kauto Star, Kauto Stone is no slouch himself having been up to Grade One standard in France as a four-year-old.

Picked up by Nicholls for the start of this year, Kauto Stone wasted no time in getting off the mark for new connections when impressing on his Down Royal debut.

He may have made a few minor jumping errors that day, but he was smart enough to overcome them and his six-and-a-half-length beating of Roi Du Mee looks even better now as third home Blazing Tempo has since won at Grade Two level herself.

Nicholls should also be on the mark |with Silviniaco Conti in the Sodexo Prestige Reynoldstown Novices' Chase.

He had to give best to Grands Crus on his most recent start but that was no disgrace.

Rey Nacarado can take full advantage of |his featherweight in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.

With just 10st on his back, Rey Nacarado could find that light weight crucial in a race

that often becomes something of a slog.

Featherbed Lane should probably have won last time but he can right that wrong as he makes a first foray into Graded company in the Betfred Goals Galore Hurdle.

This race, better known as the Rendlesham, should give trainer Philip Hobbs a good steer as to Festival targets after two decent handicap verdicts this term.

Grandouet was due to tackle the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton but a late setback for that runner sees stablemate Binocular line up instead.

That should prove no bar to success for trainer Nicky Henderson though, as Binocular is a top-class individual who seems to be starting to hit top form again.

At Lingfield, Numeral can take top honours in the feature Get Your Bet On At Blue Square Handicap.

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