For­est Bi­han out­guns Kalash­nikov at Ain­tree

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Racing -

Two of last sea­son’s top chasers, Frodon and Kalash­nikov, were up­staged at Ain­tree yes­ter­day as For­est Bi­han, who had the ben­e­fit of a re­cent run, ul­ti­mately proved strong­est to win The Vir­gin Bet Monet’s Gar­den Old Roan Chase.

The field of five only had to jump 10 fences af­ter the three ob­sta­cles in the home straight were omit­ted on each cir­cuit ow­ing to low sun.

Frodon adopted his cus­tom­ary front-run­ning role, but af­ter the field had jumped the last fence – fully half a mile from home – it was ob­vi­ous that both Kalash­nikov and For­est Bi­han were go­ing bet­ter and they soon swept past.

Both trav­elled well, but it was Brian El­li­son’s For­est Bi­han, who showed the bet­ter turn of foot and he stayed on well to beat Kalash­nikov by 2¾ lengths.

El­li­son said: “We ran him at Kelso and he im­proved loads for that. He hadn’t won over 2½ miles be­fore, but Brian [Hughes, jockey] said the ground was pretty soft to­day and he seemed to stay well.”

In France, Tech­ni­cian landed the Group One Prix Royal-oak at Paris­longchamp. The Mar­tyn Mead­e­trained three-year-old won at the track on Arc week­end and the de­ci­sion to run again so quickly paid a hand­some div­i­dend.

Rid­den by the Arc-win­ning jockey, Pierre-charles Boudot, Meade’s charge picked up strongly in the straight, quickly over­haul­ing Holdthasi­green be­fore fend­ing off the late chal­lenge from Call The Wind.

Fred­die Meade, as­sis­tant to his fa­ther, told Sky Sports Rac­ing: “He has got bet­ter with ev­ery start and done ev­ery­thing we have asked. He will have a well-earned rest now.”

The loss of Satur­day’s meet­ings at Don­caster and New­bury has prompted the Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity to resched­ule both the Group One Vertem Fu­tu­rity Tro­phy and the Group Three Hor­ris Hill Stakes. The Fu­tu­rity will be staged at New­cas­tle on Fri­day, while New­mar­ket will play host to the Hor­ris Hill a day later.

The wet weather has also hit to­day’s rac­ing with Red­car and Le­ices­ter hav­ing been aban­doned, while to­mor­row’s Ban­gor-on-dee meet­ing must pass an 8am in­spec­tion this morn­ing.

On the mark: Brian Hughes steered For­est Bi­han to suc­cess in the Old Roan Chase

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