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  • 15:10 totepool National Spirit Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) £50,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 10.47s
  • Off time: 15:10:06

Kayf Moss ready to roll for Flint

Last Updated: 21/02/14 5:08pm

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Saphir Du Rheu: National Spirit hopeful

Saphir Du Rheu: National Spirit hopeful

An interesting piece of information has persuaded John Flint to pitch Kayf Moss in against Saphir Du Rheu in Sunday's totepool National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell.

Both horses were in action on the same day at Ffos Las last month, with Kayf Moss cruising home by 27 lengths in a handicap, while Paul Nicholls' bright prospect held off Whisper in a battle for the Welsh Champion Hurdle over the same course.

"Looking at the times, my horse was actually nine seconds quicker than Saphir Du Rheu," said Bridgend-based Flint.

"We're not under any illusions that we're going to win, we've got a lot to find on ratings and finishing third or fourth would be nice, but you just never know on heavy ground. Stranger things have happened.

"The only thing that's disappointing is they have saved fresh ground and are running the National Spirit quite early in the card, as I'd rather it got cut up and even more of a test."

Saphir Du Rheu is viewed as a star of the future by Nicholls and may be saved for chasing next year rather than going to Cheltenham, while the trainer seeks to lift the West Sussex course's annual feature for the third time in four years after Celestial Halo and Prospect Wells' exploits.

The latter beat Alan King's Meister Eckhart 12 months ago, and the runner-up is on the comeback trail.

King told his website: "He finished second in the race last year before chasing home Medinas in the Coral at Cheltenham so, while he will need this comeback race, having been off since running over fences at Wincanton in early November, he will doubtless enjoy being back over hurdles."

Gary Moore's Chris Pea Green looks the only other of the six entries with a realistic chance.

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