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Aussie Reigns for Knight in Kempton Park Listed race

Wed, Nov 27, 2013

Kempton Park, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

6.00pm £40,000 Listed £500 Free Bets At Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes 1m 4f Polytrack

Trainer William Knight enjoyed success with Aussie Reigns and fourth place with Modernstone, his two runners, in the £40,000 Listed £500 Free Bets At Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes (6.00pm) over a mile and a half on Polytrack at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 27.

Aussie Reigns, who has improved more than 20lb this year, was held up sixth of the seven runners by Andrea Atzeni.

The 8/1 chance moved up entering the straight and came with a strong run to lead a furlong out.

Aussie Reigns gained a decisive advantage and finished a length ahead of Dick Doughtywylie at the line, with three quarters of a length to the third Banoffee and a half-length to Modernstone. His time was 2m 32.79s for 12 furlongs on Polytrack. The 7/4 market leader Fattsota came home last.

The three-year-old son of Aussie Rules finished third the previous time to the highly-regarded Pethers Moon in the Listed Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Floodlit Stakes over the same course and distance on November 6.

William Knight commented: "I was really pleased with Aussie Reigns. He seems to have improved as he has stepped up in trip.

"It was a good performance tonight even though it was probably not the strongest of Listed races.

"He has won it quite convincingly. He needs to come through horses as that keeps him interested and Andrea (Atzeni) rides him very well.

"Aussie Reigns has good form on turf as well as the All-Weather. He will hopefully be invited to go to Dubai now because I think he will be suited to the racing out there.

"I would like to get him qualified for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday so it is a shame this race was not a Win & You're In contest.

"He would need to have one more run on the All-Weather and we will have to see if we can fit that in."

Horses qualify for the six championship contests on All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 18, 2014) by running in a minimum of three races at Britain's All-Weather tracks - three owned by ARC, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, and The Jockey Club's Kempton Park - between October 26 and April 12 or else by succeeding in one of the 16 Win & You're In races.

7.00pm £19,000 Betdaq 1st UK Race Commission Free Handicap 6f Polytrack

Lancelot Du Lac, who finished third to Valbchek in the Listed Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield Park on November 16 (a Win & You're In race), did the form no harm by winning well.

The three-year-old Shamardal colt, trained by Dean Ivory and carrying second to top-weight of 9st 5lb, was ridden confidently by Jim Crowley, coming from off the pace to lead just inside the final furlong.

The winning margin was three quarters of a length and Lancelot Du Lac took the six-furlong Betdaq 1st UK Race Commission Free Handicap in 1m 11.28s.

For further information please contact:
Kate Hills
ARC Director of PR and Communications
Mobile: 07813 947201
Email: khills@arenaracingcompany.co.uk
Web: www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk

Olivia Hills
Press Officer
Kempton Park Racecourse
Mobile: 07885 627097
Email: olivia@jscsport.co.uk
Web: www.kempton.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Arena Racing Company (ARC) owns three of the four All-Weather tracks in Britain at Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton and has injected more than £2 million extra into prize money during the new All-Weather Championships which run from October to April and include Kempton Park. The All-Weather Championships climax in the richest All-Weather card in Europe which will be held at Lingfield Park on Good Friday (April 18, 2014) when £1 million in prize money will be available. The Championships consist of six different categories, with races for Three-Year-Olds, Fillies & Mares', Marathon, Sprint, Mile and Middle Distance. There are 59 upgraded races during the www.awchampionships.co.uk

2. The All-Weather Championships Finals Day is ranked in the top 10 Flat total prize fund racedays, and its positioning on Good Friday is expected to see a significant increase in Levy yields.

3. The All-Weather Championships are supported by partners Ladbrokes, bookmakers.co.uk, Coral and 32Red.com, plus media partner At The Races.

4. Arena Racing Company is the largest racecourse operator in the UK, hosting nearly 40% of the fixture list. Fifteen racecourses make up the group including Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester. The Group also manages Ffos Las in West Wales.

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