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Kildisart takes gold in Silver Plate at Kempton

Ben Pauling Kildisart kept up the good work for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede with victory in the Matchbook Racing Is Commission Free Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.
Their green colours were carried to success by Footpad in the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham on Tuesday and Kildisart (5-1) ensured they ended the week on a high, albeit at a less exalted level.
Hitting the front between the last two flights, the Ben Pauling-trained six-year-old got first run on Zubayr, who came from last place but never looked like getting to the two-and-a-quarter-length winner. Monbeg Theatre plugged on for third.
Pauling said: "I'm delighted to see him win as he was running well at Ascot last time before he made a mistake, so it's nice to see him pick up where he left off.
"Apart from the last, it was a pretty foot perfect display of jumping.
"We could look at one of the novices' hurdles at Aintree for him now - perhaps the two-and-a-half-mile race (Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle on April 14).
"He would be going up a bit in grade, but it might be a nice place to finish the season, or he does have that handicap experience now."
Cepage came from the clouds to land Matchbook Silver Bowl Handicap Chase.
Cobra De Mai looked to have the race in the bag when sent on by Cheltenham Festival-winning rider Bridget Andrews, but the complexion of the race changed dramatically at the final fence.
Charlie Deutsch produced Cepage (14-1) from the rear and at a terrific leap saw Venetia Williams' six-year-old overtake Cobra De Mai before going on to winby a length and a half. Bun Doran was two and a quarter lengths away in third.
Williams told Racing UK: "He's handled that well, but it never gets very deep here.
"As everyone knows, this race is an afterthought anyway because it's for those that didn't quite make the cut (at Cheltenham) and he only just missed the cut, so it had been very much the plan to run him in the Grand Annual.
"That was a nice consolation."
Vocaliser sprang a 7-1 surprise as he came home a two-and-a-quarter-length winner of the Matchbook VIP Chase for Robin Dickin.
Dickin said: "We've had to address a breathing problem that was sort of hidden because he didn't make a noise.
"We found it, addressed it and he's been a very consistent, good young horse that's on the up since."
Distingo (6-1) lifted the opening Matchbook Betting Exchange Novices' Hurdle for Gary and Joshua Moore while 4-6 favourite Chosen Path took the Better Odds With Matchbook Insights Novices' Hurdle for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson.
The David Pipe-trained Abracadabra Sivola (7-2) had to dig deep to come out on top in the Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap Chase for David Noonan, with Mister Fisher (5-4 favourite) impressing for Nicky Henderson in the closing Commission Free Racing At Matchbook Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race.


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