Kimberlite Candy sweet at Ascot

The latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Ascot, where Kimberlite Candy caused a surprise in the opening contest.

Richard Johnson and Kimberlite Candy (nearest) battle it out with Secret Investor in the opener at Ascot.

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.

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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."

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