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Samarrive looks a horse going places after he made a striking British debut on VBET Evening at Kempton.
Paul Nicholls’ newcomer, owned by Johnny de la Hey, was sent off the 5/4 favourite for the VBET Supports British Racing Novices’ Hurdle over two miles.
The French-bred still has a lot to learn, but the manner in which he despatched a fair field by upwards of 13 lengths impressed jockey Lorcan Williams.
He told Racing TV: “It was a really nice debut for the stable.: “It was a really nice debut for the stable. We took a nice lead and I was quite happy to go off down the back straight and make our minds up.
“He’s really bounced off the ground. He could be very versatile. Paul will have a plan for him.
“He’s a very, very relaxed horse. He’s still a little bit green and will be a nice chaser in the making, we think.”
That’s a record-equalling tally for the 11-times champion, who now needs one more victory for a personal best. pic.twitter.com/AYgZepHdg6
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De la Hay’s silks were also carried to victory 30 minutes earlier when Adrien Du Pont required little persuasion to win the VBET For Value Open Hunters’ Chase.
The Grade One-winning nine-year-old is similarly trained by Nicholls and could not have justified his short price any easier than by sauntering 17 lengths clear.
Jockey Will Biddick said of the 2/5 favourite: “That was great and he’s now got a second career
“He’s a lovely horse and got in a nice rhythm. We made use of his class – he really enjoyed it.”
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On a strong start for favourite-backers, Hydroplane landed the opening VBET Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap at odds of 13/8.
Rider Charlie Todd said: “He’s done it very well in the end and I’m really happy with his performance.
“He did it nicely and credit to the little horse and it’s great news for the owners.“