Kasbah excites Johnson

Richard Johnson has high hopes for Rock The Kasbah following his victorious chasing debut at Chepstow on Saturday.

Rock The Kasbah: Exciting horse for Johnson

Philip Hobbs' six-year-old was sent off at 6-1 in the totequadpot Novices' Chase (For The Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy) with plenty of the market support for 7-4 favourite Clan Des Obeaux, trained by Paul Nicholls, and 5-2 chance Flying Angel, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

However, it was Rock The Kasbah that came out on top as he pulled two lengths clear of Our Kaempfer.

Johnson wrote in his Betway Insider blog: "I couldn't have been happier with Rock The Kasbah in the novices' chase.

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"At the start of the season you think you've got some nice horses to look forward to, but they have to go and do it on the track. In truth, I was already excited about him last year.

"He jumped really well and travelled nicely. It was a pretty hot race and a lovely way to start the winter season.

"He's very straightforward. There's no real need to go three miles yet, although I'm sure that's where he'll end up eventually. Anything between two and a half and three will be fine.

"All ground comes alike to him. He's very uncomplicated, which is great for me. Having the extra season as a handicap hurdler has really made a man out of him. He's as exciting a horse as we've got.

"He was a 150-rated hurdler, so hopefully he can turn into a graded chaser."

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