Henderson double at Ascot

The news from the meeting at Ascot, where Nicky Henderson registered a double with Thomas Campbell and Different Gravey.

Thomas Campbell (right) completes a double for the Nicky Henderson team

Kimberlite Candy made his first start under Rules a successful one when grinding out victory in the Geotech Soil Stabilisation 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle at Ascot.

The Tom Lacey-trained gelding knew exactly what was required in the extended two-mile-three-furlong contest despite at one stage looking booked for a place at best.

Having moved to the front with favourite Secret Investor on the run to two out, the 12/1 shot was quickly passed over the second-last by the strong-travelling market leader.

Not one to give in, the four-year-old, a half-brother to former Cheltenham Festival winner Alfie Sherrin, battled back in resilient fashion to forge ahead once again before drawing away for a seven-length success.

Lacey said: "He is a gorgeous horse. He never ran on the track in the spring, we thought he was was best kept to the point-to-point route. We gave him time to strengthen up and mature.

"He is a lovely horse and is a dour stayer. He will not be over-raced. We will give him time to fill out and mature. This horse would run through a brick wall for you. He will tell us when he is ready to run again."

Different Gravey received quotes for next year's Cheltenham Festival after making an instant impact over fences in the Prince's Countryside Fund Beginners' Chase.

Last seen finishing fifth in Grade One hurdle at Aintree the classy six-year-old looked at home on his switch to the larger obstacles in the two-mile-three-furlong contest. Although David Bass needed to ask several questions of the Nicky Henderson-trained even-money favourite he responded in perfect fashion to register a six-length success over early leader Brother Tedd.

Assistant trainer Toby Lawes said: "He was neat and professional, but David Bass said he has still got plenty to learn. He will come on for that plenty, but It was a fantastic start. He was ready to run over fences last year and he has been schooling over fences for two years.

"He will certainly have a big future and I think we will probably step him back up in trip in time as we always suspected he would be a three-miler. but he is not without speed. I'd like to think he could be one for the RSA as that is what we had pencilled in last year, but we eventually stuck to hurdles."

Thomas Campbell handed Henderson a quickfire double after maintaining his unbeaten record over obstacles with victory in the Olympus Introductory Hurdle.

Having followed up his Kelso bumper win at Cheltenham last month the 4/5 favourite completed a hat-trick of wins when getting the better of some smart rivals.

After moving up menacingly with Criq Rock to flank Resolution Bay on the run to the second-last the market later needed to be kept up to his work to keep track of his two rivals approaching the final flight.

As the three jumped the last in unison it was Barry Geraghty's mount that quickened best up the run-in, with the son of Yeats eventually prevailing by four lengths.

Lawes said: "He is a lovely young horse. Barry was really impressed with that. He came there and thought that was all he had got, but he gave him a couple of taps and he kept on finding. He is a very tough little horse.

"I hope he has still got plenty of progression as he is still learning. That was only his second run over hurdles and although his jumping was good, he can still improve.

"I am sure this form will work out nicely."

Geraghty added: "I'd say that the penny has still not dropped. I was booked for third at the back of two out, but when I got serious on him he picked up and jumped the last well." Thomas Campbell handed Henderson a quickfire double after maintaining his unbeaten record over obstacles with victory in the Olympus Introductory Hurdle.Having followed up his Kelso bumper win at Cheltenham last month the 4-5 favourite completed a hat-trick of wins when getting the better of some smart rivals.After moving up menacingly with Criq Rock to flank Resolution Bay on the run to the second-last the market later needed to be kept up to his work to keep track of his two rivals approaching the final flight.As the three jumped the last in unison it was Barry Geraghty's mount that quickened best up the run-in, with the son of Yeats eventually prevailing by four lengths.Lawes said: "He is a lovely young horse. Barry was really impressed with that. He came there and thought that was all he had got, but he gave him a couple of taps and he kept on finding. He is a very tough little horse."I hope he has still got plenty of progression as he is still learning. That was only his second run over hurdles and although his jumping was good, he can still improve."I am sure this form will work out nicely."Geraghty added: "I'd say that the penny has still not dropped. I was booked for third at the back of two out, but when I got serious on him he picked up and jumped the last well."

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