Twiston-Davies treble at Kempton
A round-up of the rest of the action from Kempton, where Sam Twiston-Davies booted home two winners for his father, Nigel.
Sam Twiston-Davies and Nigel Twiston-Davies: A winning team at Kempton.
Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies combined to win successive races, the first success coming when Foxtail Hill (9/2) was an emphatic eight-length winner of the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Chase, despite jumping left for much of the way.
His stable companion Ballymalin was all heart when claiming his fourth win from five starts over obstacles in the 32Red.com Novices' Hurdle.
The 2/1 shot bowled along at the head of affairs from the off and dug deep into his reserves to see off Beneagles by three-quarters of a length.
The winning jockey said: "Foxtail Hill was good, but it was probably a poor race that cut up with the two horses falling.
"He did it well, though, and hopefully he'll do a bit better next time going the other way round.
"Ballymalin was very tough and ground it out well and he'd be a horse I'd looking forward to riding over a fences next season. I don't know where he'll go next. We'll leave that to the boss!"
Alan King's youngster scraped home on his National Hunt debut at Catterick in November, but raised his game to win this prize by four and a half lengths after making all the running.
Dan Downie, racing manager for owners Axom, said: "We're very happy and he's such a tough horse.
"When I watched him on the Flat in France before we bought him I loved the way he was sticking his neck out and he showed that again today.
"The plan wasn't to make the running, but the plan changed when there was no pace on as we didn't want it to turn into a sprint as it did at Catterick.
"I'm not sure where we'll go now, but I think he'll probably have another run in February somewhere and we can make a decision on Cheltenham after that.
"Obviously there's the Triumph Hurdle and the Fred Winter is another option, so we'll see. If he performs well again next time then Cheltenham will be in the mix."
Vaniteux claimed his third win over fences in the 32Red Casino Chase.
Nicky Henderson's 5/4 favourite got the better of the only other finisher Vibrato Valtat to take the Listed prize by two and a quarter lengths.
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