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Firing Kalashnikov Lined Up For Arkle

Firing Kalashnikov Lined Up For Arkle

Kalashnikov is on course for the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham after a comfortable 18-length win at Plumpton on Monday afternoon. The impressive five-year-old went into the Sky Sports Racing Novices’ Chase on the back of last month’s 11-length win at Warwick.

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Having won the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last season, Kalashnikov will put his good record over fences to the test in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival in the spring.

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Speaking after the Plumpton triumph, trainer Amy Murphy told the Racing Post: “That was fantastic, I was absolutely delighted, not that I watched a lot of it, but it sounded very good! [Jockey] Jack [Quinlan] was ecstatic coming in.

“Kalashnikov learned an awful lot at Warwick, he was pretty foot perfect here today and has come on a lot fitness-wise.”

Looking ahead to Kalashnikov’s pre-Arkle plans, Murphy added: “It’s exciting for the future for a team of our size and, all being well, he will go to Kempton for the Wayward Lad [on December 27] and then probably Doncaster in the new year.”

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