Ward impresses Gethings with Kempton victory

Jockey enthusiastic about prospects for juvenile winner.

  • Friday 27 December
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Rowland Ward bounced back from a recent fall at Warwick when staying on impressively in the Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boosts Introductory Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton.

Although keen early on, the Stuart Edmunds-trained three-year-old soon settled into a nice rhythm before powering clear from the back of the last in the two-mile prize to defeat long-time leader Thyme White by a length and three-quarters.

Ciaran Gethings, winning jockey, said of the 9-1 winner: “We really liked him before Warwick and the fall there probably looked worse than it was.

“He was keen over the first two today, but once we jumped the two down the side, he dropped his head and he has actually won it quite nicely. For a horse that had fallen last time, he was very good – long and brave at the last.

“I’ve not ridden too many good juveniles, but he is as good a feel as I’ve got off a juvenile and he is still learning, which is a bonus.”

Paddy Power and Unibet introduced the winner at 33-1 for the Triumph Hurdle.

Ward impresses Gethings with Kempton victory
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