Last Updated: 09/11/18 2:56pm
Kalashnikov: Could head to the Betfair Hurdle
Kalashnikov made a successful start to his career over fences in the Â£50 Risk Free On Racing With Smarkets Novices’ Chase at Warwick.
Amy Murphy’s stable star enjoyed a fine novice hurdling campaign last season, winning the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury before being narrowly denied by Summerville Boy in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
He was unsurprisingly a warm order to see off just three rivals on his chasing debut under Jack Quinlan and the 1-4 favourite ultimately got the job done with the minimum of fuss.
Quinlan settled his mount at the rear of the quartet during the early stages of the two-mile contest and Kalashnikov travelled powerfully.
He made a slight error at the first open ditch and pitched on landing after over-jumping an obstacle in the back straight, but otherwise he was neat and accurate and he had his three opponents in trouble before the home turn.
Huntsman Son followed him into the straight, but Kalashnikov soon asserted and passed the post with 11 lengths in hand.