Irish Saint in Triumph picture after Kempton success

Last Updated: 27/12/12 1:21pm

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Irish Saint takes the last on his way to victory

Irish Saint takes the last on his way to victory

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Paul Nicholls fired back after a quiet Boxing Day with an impressive winner of the opening contest at Kempton.

Irish Saint skipped 18 lengths clear of his rivals, headed by McVicar, to make a winning British debut in the William Hill - iPad App Now Available Juvenile Hurdle.

Sent off the 10/11 favourite to follow up his victory on his only previous appearance in France, Irish Saint earned a 14/1 quote with Sky Bet for the Triumph Hurdle.

"He's a horse I want to look after as we view him as a chaser but he deserves a chance to go for something better now," said Nicholls.

"I suppose he could come out again at the end of January at either Cheltenham or Haydock."

However the reigning champion trainer stressed that he still has other bullets still to fire with well over two months still to go before the Triumph.

"At the moment, Far West is very much my number one, but there are others still to come out, a couple of ex-Flat horses and another horse from France called Caid du Berlais," he said. "He would have run at Chepstow on Welsh National day in the Finale and might wait for the rescheduled meeting there in a week's time."

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