Solo new Triumph Hurdle favourite after Adonis Hurdle victory

Solo becomes the new Triumph Hurdle favourite after sweeping rivals aside in trainer Paul Nicholls’ fifth Adonis Hurdle win at Kempton

  • Solo is 3-1 favourite for the Triumph Hurdle after a sweeping Adonis Hurdle win
  • Solo’s triumph saw trainer Paul Nicholls claim a fifth Adonis Win at Kempton  
  • Solo will be one of champions trainer Nicholls’ best hopes at Cheltenham 

Solo is 3-1 favourite for the Triumph Hurdle after sweeping to a 13-length demolition job from Fujimoto Flyer in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden.

It was a fifth Adonis win for Nicholls.

His 2011 winner Zarkandar went to win the Triumph and the French import Solo, who was making his British debut, will be one of the champion trainer’s best hopes at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

Solo is 3-1 favourite for the Triumph Hurdle after winning the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton

Nicholls said: ‘He showed us at home he was quite smart but I wanted to see that sort of performance.

‘Sometimes these French horses come over and you don’t know whether they have acclimatised, but he has.

‘He has been a joy to train and does everything nicely. He is dead relaxed and thrives on every bit of work you give him. The Triumph will suit him nicely.

‘At the moment he would head up our juveniles and he is very smart. He will definitely have to run in the Triumph now, so fingers crossed he stays healthy over the next two weeks.’

French import Solo was making his British debut and rode to victory for jockey Harry Cobden

On the final big weekend of trials for the Cheltenham Festival, popular Who Dares Wins booked a likely start in the RSA Chase with a tenacious victory in the Betway Pendil Novices Chase.

Last year versatile Who Dares Wins landed the Northumberland Plate on the Flat at Newcastle.

Winning trainer Alan King said: ‘He is a very good horse. He is a marvellous animal and has taken us everywhere – Ascot, Cheltenham and Liverpool, the Northumberland Plate.’

Solo’s win also represented a fifth Adonis Hurdle triumph for trainer Paul Nicholls

Tom Cannon, who was successful on Who Dares Wins, completed a Kempton treble on Mystical Clouds and Highway One O Two.

The latter’s win in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle was a first win at grade two level for trainer Chris Gordon.

He could take in the Imperial Cup at Sandown on the eve of Cheltenham.

Trainer Tom Symonds also landed his biggest win with Song For Someone in the Grade Two Adonis Hurdle at Kempton under Aidan Coleman.

The feature £100,000 Betway Handicap Chase was won by Colin Tizzard-trained Mister Malarkey, giving jockey Jonjo O’Neill jnr another big-race success.

Who Dares Wins booked a likely start in the RSA Chase with victory in the Novices Chase


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