“That job was sexy” – Knight Salute set to claim Triumph in Adonis | Horse racing news

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Knight Salute will look to maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles in the Adonis at Kempton on Saturday

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By Matt Rennie

Milton Harris hopes the sparkling work of Knight Salute earlier this week will serve as a springboard to further success when his star stable finalizes his preparations for the Cheltenham Festival in the Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (1.50) in Kempton on Saturday.

The four-year-old was the leader of the reborn coach’s best season with two wins as a second year, including in the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster in December, and has only Porticello ahead of him among the contenders Britons at the Triumph Hurdle, for which it is as short as 12-1.

Given a break from that Doncaster win, Harris was delighted with the Knight Salute training session on Tuesday and is confident he can make a winning return to the Adonis, where he will face ten rivals including the Scottish Triumph winner Hurdle, Impulsive One.

“That job was sexy,” Harris said. “He’s a workhorse, which made Tuesday really unusual. His preparation went really well and we’re where we should be going in a competitive race.

“He doesn’t like soft ground in winter, he’s much better on decent ground. Some of these horses haven’t had a break, but we’ve just focused on that. He’s the favorite and he is running in the right course.”

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Knight Salute (right) and Impulsive One (left) will face off again at Kempton

Knight Salute (right) and Impulsive One (left) will face off again at Kempton

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Knight Salute beat Porticello in Doncaster before Gary Moore’s four-year-old won the Grade 1 Final Juvenile Hurdle and the Victor Ludorum at Haydock last weekend, but Harris thinks his unbeaten hurdler can take the lead again top on this rival when Cheltenham arrives about.

“I’d be surprised if we weren’t a sharper horse than Porticello, and Gary would probably agree that this one is more of the hunter type,” Harris said. “Porticello wants a slower pitch than us, but we still beat it despite the conditions – not because of them – at Doncaster.

“We are at what price we are, but what matters is if everything goes well on Saturday it will be towards Cheltenham and then Aintree. Those are our ultimate targets for the season.”

Harris will be represented by Legionar in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (3.00) where Shallwehaveonemore, another Moore-trained rival, is early favorite in a final eight.

Legionar will make his hurdles debut, but Harris insists he’ll be better than Knight Salute in time.

He said, “He’s the best horse in my yard for the future. The penny hasn’t gone down yet, but he’s a real horse.”

A field of 14 will take part in the £150,000 Coral Trophy Handicap Chase (3.37), while five have been declared for the Pendil Novices’ Chase (2.25), including Pic D’Orhy and Minella Drama.

In Newcastle, Classic Chase winner Eclair Surf will bid for another lucrative pursuit prize and lead a field of 17 for the Eider Chase (3.15).

Lingfield set for winter Derby cracker

A mammoth clash between multiple Group 1 winner Lord North and Royal Ascot hero Alenquer is underway after the pair were among a declared field of eight for the Winter Derby at Lingfield (2.05).

Lord North, trained by John and Thady Gosden, will return after landing on the Dubai Turf at Meydan last March, while Alenquer – who also finished second in the Juddmonte International last year – ended their season by finishing ninth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Final Champ Adonis Juvenile Hurdle

1.50 Kempton (Saturday)

Impulsive james bowen
knight salute Paddy Brenan
Bobby the big boy Tom Cannon
gray stone Aidan Coleman
Iroko Jonjo O’Neill Jr.
Vassy Mocha Chester Williams
patient’s dream Nick Schofield
Pleasant man Harry Cobden
Rubaud Bryone Frost
blue plush Jamie Moore
The famous five Charlie Deutsch

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