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  • 15:45 32Red Handicap Hurdle2m 110y

  • £15,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £9,393 2nd £2,775 3rd £1,388 4th £694
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 10.30s
  • Off time: 15:49:34

Chief outclasses rivals

King winner enters Champion Hurdle picture

Last Updated: 08/01/11 5:03pm

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Mille Chief: Cruises to the front at the final flight

Mille Chief: Cruises to the front at the final flight

Mille Chief outclassed his rivals in the 32Red Handicap Hurdle at Sandown.

Alan King's charge has always been held in high regard by connections and went some way towards justifying his reputation with a bloodless win.

Carrying the welter burden of 11st 12lb in testing ground, Robert Thornton gave the winner a patient ride but was cantering all over leader Sophies Trophy jumping the second last.

Thornton only let out an inch of rein after the final flight and the five-year-old skipped six lengths clear up the hill.

Zazamix, the subject of a big gamble, finished strongly for third but this was a one-horse contest from some way out.

Sky Bet introduced the winner at 25-1 for the stanjames.com Champion Hurdle.

Newbury plan

"He's a horse we've always adored," the winning trainer told Racing UK.

"He needed the run at Aintree, I bumped into Nicky's horse (Aagean Dawn) at Ascot and went up for nine and we lost the Ladbroke and this was the last chance to run him before the Tote Gold Trophy."

When asked if he saw Mille Chief as a potential Champion Hurdle horse, King replied: "I don't know but he's going to have an entry. In my opinion he's a lot better horse than Katchit and he did win a Champion Hurdle but Katchit did it on the track. This lad is beginning to do it on the track but we'll got to see. At home he'd be a superior horse though."

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