Dolos delivers for Nicholls
Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Chepstow as Paul Nicholls won the juvenile hurdle with Dolos.
Paul Nicholls: Trains Dolos
Dolos made his first start in England a winning one when making all for a clear-cut success in the Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow.
Having needed a stewards' inquiry to take the race last year with Adrien Du Pont, champion trainer Paul Nicholls required no such assistance in this year's renewal with the 4-5 favourite barely breaking sweat in the two-mile prize.
Sent straight into the lead by Sam Twiston-Davies, the odds-on favourite stayed in that position throughout with the pair coasting to a seven-length success over chief market rival Rainbow Dreamer.
Nicholls said: "He is a nice horse and he will probably go to Cheltenham next for what was the Paddy Power meeting.
"He is probably not a Triumph horse. He is a bit like Adrien Du Pont in that he is a real galloper. He could come back here for the Grade One at Christmas. He is jumps bred and will be a chaser in time.
"Sam said it will be interesting when you give him a squeeze, but the great thing is he jumps really well.
"I thought he would go OK but you never know with these babies until you run them."
Definite Outcome gifted Rebecca Curtis a third winner at the two-day meeting when leading home a one-two for the trainer in the totepoolliveinfo.com Novices' Chase.
After having Beast Of Burden tip up late on when looking the likely winner of the extended two-mile-seven-furlong prize 12 months ago, the Newport-based handler enjoyed a more favourable outcome on this occasion thanks a smart display from the 5-1 shot.
Travelling into the race well, the Carl Hinchy-owned gelding added to his bumper and hurdle wins when holding off his fast-finishing stablemate Aurillac by a neck.
Curtis said: "It was a shame that we had to run them in the same race. I just thought Aurillac would need this for his jumping.
"He (Definite Outcome) has done that easy enough and Jonathan (Moore) said he was never hard on him. That was probably as quick as he wanted it.
"He was flying at home and he was always going to make a better chaser. He is relaxed now as when he first came in he was quite a keen horse.
"The plan is to go to Aintree on November 5 for a three-mile novice there if he comes well out of this."
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