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Delight for Dixons as Kasbaan notches quick-fire Kempton double

Sat 7 Sep 2019

Kasbaan sparked wild celebrations from part-owners and Racing TV presenters Chris and Martin Dixon after gaining his second win inside a week at Kempton in the Sun Racing “London Mile” Handicap.

Picked up for 20,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale in July, the gelded son of Dansili continued to looked a shrewd purchase after following up his course-and-distance victory on Tuesday to make it two from two since joining Mick Appleby. First prize alone on saturday was £43,000.

After overcoming a wide draw from stall 10, the 11-4 favourite stormed to the front over a furlong out before prevailing by a length and a half from Kuwait Currency.

Chris Dixon, who is one of four members of winning owners The Horse Watchers, said: “We picked him up for 20,000 guineas as he ran so badly on his last two starts. We thought we would have to pay more than we did for him though.

“On his debut he was beaten by two 100-plus horses, First Eleven and Extra Elusive, and if he ran that well at Newbury first time out, he must be all right.

“He was given a wind op and he had a couple of below-par runs after winning at Lingfield, but they were on soft ground.

“I thought the draw might be an issue, but I said to Ali (Rawlinson) ‘you have 45 seconds to get into a position’. He travels well for a horse that I’m sure will be better over 10 furlongs.

“He has had two races in quick succession, so we will not rush him back. We will probably keep him for the All-Weather Championships and progress through handicaps.”

Hollie Doyle inched ever closer to the first century of her career after securing a double completed by the neck victory of the Archie Watson-trained Dramatic Sands in the Follow Sun Racing On Twitter Nursery Handicap.

Doyle said of the 4-1 winner: “He was looking for a bit of company. I got a nice lead in front and he settled well.

“He will get 10 furlongs in time. He needs to be in the right place mentally and the team behind him have done a great job.”

Cheat may have found stablemate Mums Tipple too hot to handle at York last time out, but the son of Guitafan appeared to appreciate a step up to seven furlongs when kicking off Doyle’s brace in the Sun Racing Available In App Store Nursery Handicap.

Tony Gorman, representing winning trainer Richard Hannon, said of the 9-2 winner: “He probably ran in the best sales race run this season last time out, and it was probably a bit quick after he ran well at Salisbury behind one that won the other day (Ascension).

“She (Hollie Doyle) has given him a great ride and the step up to seven furlongs has helped him.”

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