Kripke strides clear at Southwell for Ben Curtis and David Barron

Sun 4 Mar 2018

Kripke got off the mark at the fourth attempt with a decisive victory in the Maiden at Southwell.

David Barron's three-year-old needed lots of persuasion from jockey Ben Curtis, but he eventually got the job done with a degree of authority.

Oisin Murphy was keen to get into a commanding position aboard 10-11 favourite Dawn Dancer and was in the lead for a long way.

But Kripke's stamina came into play inside the final two furlongs and he ended up winning by six lengths from the market leader.

Curtis said of the 15-8 chance: "He's just a big, raw horse.

"He stays well and that played to his strengths.

"I thought if I could keep on his (Dawn Dancer's) coat-tails I knew he'd stay the trip well."

Murphy had better fortune earlier in the day when Warrior's Valley (7-2) made no mistake in the Betway Sprint Handicap.

David Griffiths' three-year-old was getting weight from the full field and ably cashed in with a two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of Silver Penny.

Griffiths told At The Races: "I've always thought quite a bit of him, but it's taken a bit of time for the penny to drop.

"Hopefully we can go on from that now."

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