Huntingdon evaluation: Kotmask sparks Pageant goals with Huntingdon victory

Kotmask dug deep to cling on to victory within the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon.

Educated by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Jamie, Kotmask was having simply his second British outing having received by 12 lengths on his debut for the yard at Fontwell final month.

Despatched off the 6-5 favorite, Moore was fast to grab the initiative, with Genuflex the one rival to attempt to take him on in entrance.

The pair had a few lengths in hand over the remainder of the sector turning for residence, however Genuflex was beginning to really feel the pinch, permitting Kotmask to maneuver into a transparent lead with two hurdles to leap.

Nevertheless, Collingham was making strides on the far facet, difficult on the last impediment earlier than showing to shade the lead on the run to the road.

However Kotmask was extraordinarily recreation within the end, simply edging again in entrance within the shadow of the submit to say a head verdict, with Genuflex plugging on for third.

Paddy Energy supply 25-1 about Kotmask for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on the Cheltenham Pageant.

Proprietor Gary Robinson stated: “I bought a bit of frightened coming to the end, however he is a superb horse with a stunning temperament. He has completed nicely for us at the moment and I am actually happy.

“He did a superb job at Fontwell when he ran out a simple winner. I used to be a bit of bit frightened in regards to the floor being a lot tougher, however he has completed it and a win is a win.

“I might like to see him at Cheltenham in March and hopefully he will likely be there. Whether or not that’s the Triumph Hurdle or the Fred Winter (the Boodles), it might be nice. I believe extra so in the meanwhile it might be the Fred Winter.

“That is the second horse I’ve had with Gary as I purchased a horse known as Yorksea and he has been doing OK and he got here second at Cheltenham. To win at Cheltenham is the last word dream and it would not matter what the race is.”

Whereas Robinson is eager to go to Cheltenham, his rider was extra cautious.

Moore stated: “He confirmed quite a lot of guts and that was solely his third ever begin. He jumps nicely – he takes a bit of bit too lengthy within the air however that may get ironed out in the end.

“I do not know the place we go subsequent as I do not know what dad has bought deliberate for him. I do not fear about Fred Winters and Triumphs as there are many different races.

“There are handicaps at Ascot and Newbury on the finish of the season and they’re different choices for us.”

The Moore group made it a double within the closing Racing TV “Newcomers” Nationwide Hunt Flat Race as Odin’s Quest (15-8) prevailed by two and three-quarter lengths, giving the successful jockey his 50th success of the marketing campaign.

Holly Hartingo (10-11 favorite) made it two wins in as many begins for Alastair Ralph within the Racing TV Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Profitable at Ludlow final month, Jonathan Burke’s mount cruised residence by 5 lengths from Hillfinch.

Jack Martin secured the primary win of his profession aboard the Philip Hobbs-trainer Alberic (5-Four favorite) within the Racing TV Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, whereas Freres D’Armes (4-5) was one other for favourite-backers within the EBF “Nationwide Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.

Martin stated: “It’s wonderful and sensible. I do not suppose it has actually sunk in but.

“I knew he was favorite and lots of people stated ‘do not let stress get to your head and experience your race’. I most likely would have favored to have been handier and I ought to have been.

“The place I used to be he was glad and he travelled away. He needed a little bit of daylight delivering and he bought that at the moment and caught his head out to the road which is the principle factor.

“That is my fourth season with the guv’nor (Philip Hobbs). I have been an beginner for 3 seasons and my dad Paul was an ex-professional jockey.

“I used to be primarily based in Eire, however I did not get a lot. I went to Philip Hobbs and I spoke to my cousin Brian Hughes and he stated, ‘preserve your head down and preserve grafting’.

“It is a dream come true and hopefully I’ll get a lot extra earlier than the top of the season.”

Freddy Fanatapan (100-30) was one other market chief to strike gold within the Racing TV Handicap Chase, however Our Energy (11-4) proved too good for Dorking Lad, the favorite for the Racing TV Novices’ Restricted Handicap Chase.

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