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Walt gets the better of Double Shuffle at Kempton
on 23 February 2019
The bottom-weight was in receipt of 20lbs from course specialist Double Shuffle

WALT made the most of receiving 20lbs from Double Shuffle to win the 888Sport Handicap Chase at Kempton.

The bottom-weight only got the better of the horse at the top the handicap as the concession told at the end of the three miles.

Course specialist Double Shuffle – who was second in this race in 2017 and also runner-up to Might Bite in the King George VI Chase – made the running with Didero Vallis until going on in the straight with three fences left to jump.

Walt (14/1) had never been far away in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies and Neil Mulholland’s eight-year-old was not going to be beaten once he got his head in front.

He crossed the line a length to the good from Double Shuffle, with Adrien Du Pont four lengths away in third.

Mulholland said: “That was great. We just tried to freshen him up after last time. We won this race a couple of years ago with Pilgrims Bay and we thought this lad was a similar type of horse.

“With the ground being as it is we thought we would enter him and thankfully it has all worked out. I think the visor has done a good job. He enjoys being aggressively ridden and likes to be up there.

“I’d say the Ultima (Handicap Chase at Cheltenham) is probably where we will go. I will speak to Sam, but I think we will stay over this trip.”

He added of a change of luck from last weekend: “I thought Carole’s Destrier was unlucky in the Grand National trial (at Haydock) last week, I’ve never seen him travel so well in a race, but that is life.

“Thankfully seven days later we are here and it is good.”

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