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Paul Carberry: Winning spare at Down Royal
Kauto Stone jumped enthusiastically on his way to victory in the Ladbrokes.com Chase at Down Royal.
Trainer Paul Nicholls had won the race for the previous three years and he had barely a moments worry as the five-year-old, sent off at 9/4, put in an impressive display.
With Paul Carberry taking the ride due to Noel Fehily being unable to travel, the half-brother to Kauto Star made most of the running and defied two sloppy jumps late on to record a very ready six and a half length success.
Nicholls said: "It's an amazing day. It's just good for the whole team and we will look for the next target now.
"I haven't seen the race but it's a good start for Robin Geffen who bought him.
"You would not think he's Kauto Star's brother to look at him as he's a different type of horse but it's nice to have him in the team," he told Racing UK.
Carberry added: "He gave me a lovely ride. It was an exhibition of jumping. He got a bit tired from the last.
"I thought it was a good race beforehand but four out I was cantering. I definitely think he is (Grade One material)."
Roi Du Mee (3/1) was also near the pace throughout and Gordon Elliott's stout stayer plugged on for second place under Davy Russell.
Favourite Blazing Tempo was well-beaten, whilst Saludos fell as the race started to hot up.