Cap Du Nord leads one-two for Christian Williams | Race News

Cap Du Nord led a brace home for Christian Williams in the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at Kempton Park, capping an incredible half hour for the trainer.

The Glamorgan manager had just finished celebrating Win My Wings victory in the Eider Chase at Newcastle moments before the start for the Kempton Grade Three.

Partnered with 3-pound claimant Jack Tudor, Cap Du Nord settled behind in the early stages as The Big Breakaway took an early lead alongside Enrilo, with Phoenix Way 6-1 the joint favorite , lagging in the early stages before falling to third. fencing.

The Big Breakaway received a few early reminders heading for the second circuit of the three-mile affair and it quickly began to struggle, leaving Enrilo to lead the pack down the straight.

Kitty’s Light, one of three for Williams along with other favorite Five Star Getaway, was noted stealthily advancing from the back of the peloton, but Cap Du Nord had run over his stable mate first, taking the lead with two to jump.

He sped away from Enrilo running towards the final hurdle and Tudor surged forward to seal the win, with Kitty’s Light remaining second and Sam Thomas’ Our Power back in third making it a clean sweep for Wales.

Williams said: “We thought he would run well. The horses come into their own. Kitty’s Light struggled through the winter and just came into his own, Win My Wings, who won earlier, he was difficult to place it in the heart of winter.

“When you have good staff and good owners at home, they will know that there is a certain point in the season when they will come in well and we usually end the season well.

“I don’t know if that’s where we train from, maybe there’s a bit of a drop for a month or two in the winter, some horses go a little quiet, but they ended up fine and we have seen evidence over the past two weeks that horses are starting to recover.

“That one (Cap Du Nord) deserves a race like this – no one can take that away from him. The owner wanted him to race at Carlisle on Monday to take part in a qualifying for Haydock, but we managed to push him away.

“To be in a race like this with 127 was kind of lucky, but Coral sponsored the race and we wanted to support it with the prize money they put in – that’s why we ran three in the race, to support the sponsors.

“I don’t get too involved in instructing jockeys. The reason we use Jack is we know what he’s capable of. We just let him go out there and do his thing – we’ve seen two years ago how good he is (winning the Welsh National on Potters Corner).

“On days like today he’s cool and rides well above his age, and I think he’s got a winner or two left to claim now, but he’s on top, on top.

“Jack’s favorite horse is Kitty’s Light, and he loves Kitty’s Light, but we had to steer him towards this one today because we knew Kitty was in good shape, and Jack sent me a picture of her. plane last week when Kitty did a bit of work, but we knew that runway was Cap Du Nord runway and probably not Kitty’s runway, but Kitty had a great run as well.

“Five Star Getaway (eighth) has had some tough races this year and the ground may have been a bit fast for him.”

Williams doesn’t have a specific goal in mind for the winner, but has plans for the second.

He added: “I don’t know what we are doing with Cap Du Nord. We thought he was good enough to run in those races last year and he was beaten by five lengths in the Whitbread (bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown) on a higher mark and we’ve never been shy about doing big runs for him, so we’ll probably find another run in three or four weeks and start again.

“It will be Scottish National or Whitbread for Kitty.”




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