Kalahari King fine after Ascot disappointment

Ferdy Murphy reports Kalahari King to be none the worse after pulling up sharply in yesterday’s Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot.

Ferdy Murphy reports Kalahari King to be none the worse after pulling up sharply in yesterday’s Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot.

The 10-year-old was still travelling strongly when Graham Lee felt his mount had gone wrong and he was taken out of the race before the ninth fence.

But the French-bred gelding was soon sound again and Murphy is now eyeing a crack at the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on December 8.

“He’s sound this morning and it’s a bit of a mystery what happened,” said Murphy.

“Graham said he felt fantastic during the race – he said he’d never felt as good.

“But then he just felt he’d gone wrong and the great thing about having a man like Graham on your side is he had the courage to pull him up.

“He said he felt lame for a couple of strides but then after pulling him up, a few strides later he seemed fine again.

“He’s out in the field this morning and seems all right, so we’ll get him checked out by the vet on Monday and see if he can find anything.

“If he’s OK, we’ll probably go to Huntingdon for the Peterborough Chase. It’s a race we’ve had at the back of our minds for a while.”

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