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Tea For Two out to follow up his win in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase

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Kelly believes Sandown perfect for Tea For Two

SANDOWN, with its famous row of railway fences, and bold-jumping novice chaser Tea For Two are made for each other.

That is the view of jockey Lizzie Kelly, who is hoping for back-to-back Grade 1 wins on the seven-year-old trained by her stepfather Nick Williams and ante-post favourite for Saturday's Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase.

Kelly made history when becoming the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 chase in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

But the 22-year-old rider is under no illusions that Tea For Two could face a stiffer test on Saturday as the race features a number of entries from champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Kelly said: "It's a bloody hot race but you wouldn't expect anything else in a Grade 1.

"Sandown's chase course rewards good jumpers and Tea For Two's jumping is so good I like to think they are made for each other.

"I'm very excited - I've only ridden over the Sandown fences once before and I'm looking forward to Tea For Two."

Read more from Lizzy Kelly and the latest on Saturday's racing in Friday's Racing Post - available on iPad first from 8pm

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