Nick has se­cret of suc­cess for Benny

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY JAMES MAS­SON

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.”

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