Friday 27 April 2018

Vaughan ace stars

Architrave threw down an early marker for the Cheltenham Festival with an encouraging triumph at Market Rasen.

Much sterner challenges await Tim Vaughan's chestnut before dreams of the Triumph Hurdle can be realised, but he is unquestionably an animal of some potential.

Now unbeaten in three starts since his switch from Mark Prescott, Richard Johnson's partner made every yard of the running in the Juvenile Hurdle, gamely stretching clear by five lengths when pressed by Two Kisses.

To heighten Vaughan's sense of early season optimism, this two-mile-one-furlong affair has been of great prescience in recent years, with Barizan and Katchit featuring on the roll call of previous winners.

"He was very leggy when we got him off Mark, but he has kept improving with every run," the Welsh handler said of the 100/30 chance.

"The last horse we had as good as this was Ski Sunday and he finished second in the Fred Winter, but he works better at home than that one."

Sunday Independent

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