Sunday 20 May 2018

Deutsch steers Yala Enki to glory in Lanzarote hurdle

Mountainous ridden by Jamie Moore clears the last fence before going on to win The Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Photo:Getty
Mountainous ridden by Jamie Moore clears the last fence before going on to win The Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Photo:Getty newsdesk

Yala Enki justified strong support to make all the running in the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton. Available at 11-2 in the morning he was backed into 11-4 favouritism and young Charlie Deutsch stole a few lengths at the start which played a big factor in his win.

Going down the back straight his goose looked cooked as he fluffed a few hurdles and the likes of Ibis Du Rheu and Brother Tedd closed up looking a big threat. However, Deutsch, who is proving terrific value for his 5lb claim this season for trainer Venetia Williams, had just saved enough up his sleeve and a flying leap at the last enabled him to maintain an advantage. Westren Warrior was beaten two lengths into second with Ibis Du Rheu third.

"That was my biggest win, definitely. He really was quite tough and gusty. I kept kicking and squeezing him off the bend, and he just kept finding more and more. He was very brave and he stays," said Deutsch.

"He was quite keen going to post and I was just trying to settle him. I was trying to make the most of him because he stays. There wasn't much pace, so I just thought I'd make it myself. I'm delighted. A winner is a winner. I enjoy hurdles just as much as I enjoy fences. It's great to get the opportunity and it's a great feeling. I think he'll make a chaser, definitely, but I'll enjoy this for now."

"He won over fences in France so really we want to go chasing, but as he was a novice Venetia said we should go down that route," said Owner Clive Hitchings.

"He won a novice quite easily and then ran in the Fixed Brush Hurdle (at Haydock), but was taken on for the lead and possibly didn't see out the trip.We hope to go chasing with him next season."

David Dennis, meanwhile, appears to have a potential star on his hands in the form of Seven Kingdoms, who made an eyecatching British debut in the Juvenile Hurdle at the same meeting. Last seen in Listed company on the Flat at Clairefontaine in August, he was snapped up for 45,000 guineas in October and may soon make that price tag look a bargain. Though just five went to post for the two-mile event, Noel Fehily's mount could not have beaten his rivals any more easily. He settled well in fourth as Directional cut out the pedestrian early pace in the hands of Tom Cannon, but Tim Vaughan's runner came under pressure turning for home, as did the 6-4 favourite Golden Gate Bridge. But Fehily's mount was running all over them and moved to the front on the bridle approaching two out and the 5-2 shot was not hard pressed to win by 17 lengths from Golden Gate Bridge. He was immediately installed at 20-1 for the Triumph Hurdle by Paddy Power, with William Hill offering 25-1. But Dennis feels that Grade One company may have to wait.

"We were a little bit concerned by how testing the ground was, but he has done it well. Noel says he was a little bit green and jumped novicey, but that was promising," said Dennis. "the Triumph might be flying a bit high. I would not be in any rush to see him in a race of that calibre. It is whether his frame, his physique, will stick it this year. He has strengthened up a bit, since we have had him and he's still got a lot of strengthening up to do. We gave him a month when we had him and he needed every day of that month. He needs a summer, really."

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