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Saturday 3 December 2016

Kimberella just dandy for Nicholls

Nick Robson

Published 24/07/2016 | 02:30

Kimberella arrived on the scene travelling with complete ease inside the final two furlongs and soon sealed the deal, passing the post a length and three-quarters ahead of Intisaab.
Kimberella arrived on the scene travelling with complete ease inside the final two furlongs and soon sealed the deal, passing the post a length and three-quarters ahead of Intisaab.

Kimberella dominated his rivals to win York's Sky Bet Dash at the third attempt.

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Trained by Dandy Nicholls, the six-year-old has been an ultra-consistent sprinter for a number of seasons and arrived in good form having finished runner-up on his last two appearances at the Curragh and Chester.

Franny Norton had the 9-2 favourite perfectly positioned throughout and tracked the pacesetting Related on the far side of the track.

Kimberella arrived on the scene travelling with complete ease inside the final two furlongs and soon sealed the deal, passing the post a length and three-quarters ahead of Intisaab. Related and Fast Track finished third and fourth respectively.

"He's been going up the weights without winning and we thought the handicapper had him," said Norton.

"He's better with a lead and he's put it to bed quickly."

Joint-owner Alex Ferguson was on hand to witness Nautical Haven break his duck at the third time of asking in the Sky Bet Making Betting Better Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

A promising sixth on his debut over this course and distance, he was then a little disappointing on his next outing at Chester.

But sent off at 5-1 under Tom Eaves, the Kevin Ryan-trained juvenile blasted out of the stalls and never saw another rival, holding off Storm Cry by three-quarters of a length.

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