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GRADE 2 CORAL ADONIS JUVENILE HURDLE: Triumph hopeful Knight Salute leads Kempton showpiece

Knight Salute bids for Kempton Park glory en route to the Cheltenham Festival tomorrow afternoon

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2H657F2 Knight Salute ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan on their way to winning the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle during day two of the November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Saturday November 13, 2021.

One of Britain’s leading hopes for the JCB Triumph Hurdle will bid to enhance his juvenile reputation on Saturday afternoon as Knight Salute aims to maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles.

Milton Harris’s gelding is four from four since his switch to the National Hunt sphere, landing the Festival trial at Prestbury Park back in November before seeing off Porticello at Doncaster a month later.

He partners Paddy Brennan once again and faces a fresh challenge in the form of Paul Nicholls’s Pleasant Man, who makes his Ditcheat debut in the Adonis in Sunbury-on-Thames.

2ARPM8E Imperial Alcazar ridden by Paddy Brennan on their way to victory in the EBF British Stallion Studs "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Leicester Racecourse.
Paddy Brennan (pictured) will bid for a third success aboard Knight Salute on Saturday afternoon

Nicky Henderson’s Impulsive One scored at Musselburgh when last seen and is a live contender here, with Lucy Wadham’s Graystone another at a nice looking each-way price.

Speaking on his contender, Harris told the Racing Post: “That work was sexy.

“He’s a workmanlike horse, which made Tuesday really unusual. His prep has gone really well and we are where we should be going into a competitive race.

“He doesn’t appreciate winter soft ground, he’s much better on decent ground. Some of these horses haven’t had a break, but we’ve aimed ourselves solely at this. He’s the favourite and is running in the right race.”

watch: knight salute wins the triumph trial at cheltenham’s november meeting [credit: racing tv]

“I’d be surprised if we weren’t a sharper horse than Porticello, and Gary would probably agree his one is more of a chasing type.

“Porticello wants slower ground than we do, but we still beat him despite the conditions – not because of them – at Doncaster.

“We are what price we are, but what matters is if all goes well on Saturday, it’ll be off to Cheltenham then Aintree. They’re our ultimate goals for the season.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.