Friday 10 February 2017

Keeper Hill beats Messire at Huntingdon

Messire Des Obeaux was worn down by Keeper Hill in the home straight at Huntingdon to beat his major rival by a neck at the line in the Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle.

Keeper Hill is quoted at a best-priced 20-1 (down from 33-1) for the Neptune Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. 

Gavin Sheehan rode a great race as he increased the tempo throughout to pressure favourite Messire Des Obeaux, who was conceding an 8lb penalty to his five rivals. 

Trainer Warren Greatrex said: "Keeper Hill did everything wrong and still found a way to win. He's got a lot of talent and is still very raw and we'll have a look at the Neptune after that.'' 

Alan King, trainer of runner-up Messire Des Obeaux, added: "He lost nothing in defeat and the Neptune remains the plan. This was just a prep and this wasn't his track."

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