'Exciting' Ransom Note starts over hurdles
HE'S finished behind Frankel, Cirrus Des Aigles, Goldikova, Canford Cliffs, Twice Over and yesterday's Italian Group 1 winner Hunter's Light, but today Ransom Note embarks on a new chapter when he makes his hurdles debut for Nigel Twiston-Davies at Kempton (1.00).
Trained on the Flat by Barry Hills and son Charlie in Lambourn, the five-year-old has amassed almost £250,000 in prize-money and won seven races, including the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot and the Group 2 Joel Stakes.
Owned by Grand National-winning owner Raymond Mould (Bindaree, 2002), Ransom Note accompanied 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander in a racecourse gallop at Chepstow last month, after which Twiston-Davies said: "He has jumped really well at home and is exciting."
His main danger could be Nicky Henderson's Golden Hoof, who finished runner-up to Twiston-Davies's Miss Tilly Oscar on his debut at Stratford in June.
As well as Kempton, jumps racing also takes place at Plumpton on Monday, with seven races commencing at 12.50.
Wolverhampton provides the day's Flat action on the Polytrack.
Going report for today's meetings
Kempton Good to soft