Nick has secret of success for Benny
BENNY’S Secret, trained by Nick Alexander on the shores of Loch Leven and partnered by Grant Cockburn, made it a Kelso double.
Having won at the borders track last time out, Benny’s Secret was moved up in grade for his run there on Saturday.
Nick said: “I thought if we had him right there would be more to come from him and there was.
“We were hopeful of a very good run and we got one. Naturally, we are very pleased.”
Meanwhile, Lucinda Russell, who trains at Milnathort, was happy with the form of Imjoeking at Aintree.
She said: “Imjoeking jumped well to be sixth and this run will have blown away the cobwebs for a crack at the Grand Sefton back at Aintree on December 9.”
MIGHT Bite enjoyed a straightforward success on his seasonal debut in the 188Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown yesterday.
Last season’s champion staying novice put in a good round of jumping to outclass three rivals with little difficulty in the hands of Nico de Boinville.
Frodon made the early running but Might Bite was never far away and jumped into the lead down the back straight on the final circuit a long way from home.
The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old asserted over the last couple of fences and justified his short odds of 4-9 favourite to win comfortably by eight lengths.
Frodon held Label Des Obeaux by half a length for second. As De Mee was last of the four runners.
“Job done. I’m happy with that,” De Boinville said.
“He was very fresh and well going down to the first.
“I felt I had to take the running up when I did just because he was enjoying himself so much.
“He’ll come on bundles for that. The big fences played to his strengths. He was pretty straightforward and he’ll come on loads for that. I really like him.
“He’s got so much scope for improvement and I think he’ll be even better.”