Knockara Beau takes Kelso prize

Knockara Beau justified prohibitive odds of 1-8 in the John Smith's Paris Pike Novices' Chase at Kelso.

George Charlton's stable star has now won three of his four starts over fences having shown smart form over hurdles last season.

Facing only three rivals in the £20,000 event, Jan Faltejsek opted to make the running and after jumping with aplomb throughout, he came home 18 lengths clear of Calin Royal, who had finished third at Wetherby only 24 hours earlier.

Charlton said: "He didn't tell us anything we didn't already know, this was just a canter round for him.

"We didn't have much competition today and Howard (Johnson) ran his (Calin Royal) yesterday which must have had an affect.

"When you've got a young horse in a novice chase you need a bit of competition otherwise they start jumping sloppy and they are just galloping on their own which is not a good thing.

"He made a couple of mistakes at Cheltenham and he had 8lb more than the opposition so I forgive him for that. He jumped beautifully today.

"We don't know which race he'll go for at the Festival, we'll run him a few times beforehand see how we get along.

"I'm hoping to get him over three miles, he's shown no signs that he won't stay that trip."

Money Trix set himself up for a possible tilt at the Lexus Chase with a hard-fought victory in the Eric Scarth Memorial Champion Chase.

Nicky Richards' nine-year-old has now won seven of his 11 races but put in a couple of sketchy leaps under Brian Harding.

Belon Gale attempted to make all off a feather weight and made a bold bid under Ryan Mania but Money Trix and Cloudy Lane were on terms at the last.

Lack of a recent run told for Cloudy Lane but Money Trix battled gamely for a neck success as the 5-6 favourite.

Harding said: "It's easy to ride the good ones.

"As a rule he jumps really well but he put down on me at one down the back.

"He's done it well at the end but I felt he was probably a little bit flat today. At Carlisle he was tanking me round but today he made harder work of it.

"He maybe needs a bit further and at Carlisle he was mad fresh as it was his first run back, maybe he is better fresher.

"He's a lovely horse and he'll stay all day.

"If the Lexus is next then fair enough."

L'Aventure secured her first victory since scoring in the Welsh National of 2005 by staying-on strongest of all in the John Smith's Borders National.

Having travelled all the way from Nick Williams' yard in Devon to the Borders track, the 10-year-old made sure the near-400 mile trip was not wasted.

Daryl Jacob made full use of her stamina by taking up the running as the field went out on their final circuit and try as they might they could not peg her back.

Having been rated as high as 140 in her prime, she was winning this off just 118.

The 5-1 favourite saw off Bold Ransom by 16 lengths with a half length back to Royal Mackintosh.

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