GBI RACING

Fortunate Nayati prevails for Alan King in dramatic Ascot opener

Nayati

Nayati maintained his unbeaten record for Alan King when running out a fortunate winner of the Horse Comes First Juvenile Hurdle at Ascot.

Looking booked for third at best, the 8-11 favourite took full advantage of a last-flight fall for likely winner Et Moi Alors, who brought down long-time leader Harmonise in the process, before getting up on the line to beat Oistrakh Le Noir by a neck.

Ollie Wardle, assistant trainer, said: "He was a very fortunate winner and he might have run well to finish third if the other two stood up.In all fairness, he knuckled down to get to the line. He will be a better horse when he runs on better ground."

Wardle added:"He made the mistake mid-race and that stopped him in his tracks. He is not a speed horse and is more of a galloping type.

"We will have to step him up now into deeper water to see what we really have."

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