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Vincenzo Mio secures Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton

Updated: Friday, 27 Dec 2013 14:56 | Comments

Daryl Jacob riding Vincenzo Mio clears the last to win the William Hill Juvenile Hurdle Race at Kempton Park
Daryl Jacob riding Vincenzo Mio clears the last to win the William Hill Juvenile Hurdle Race at Kempton Park

Paul Nicholls was back among the winners at Kempton in the William Hill - iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Juvenile Hurdle.

Fresh from his eighth King George victory with Silviniaco Conti on St Stephen's Day, the trainer was extending his fine record in this particular event as Vicenzo Mio made a big stride forward from his Cheltenham debut.

Sent off the even-money favourite, Daryl Jacob's mount made light work of his rivals to win by 17 lengths.

"He's still a colt and has been very stuffy, but that looked a smart performance," said Nicholls.

Vicenzo Mio was cut to 20-1 from 33s by William Hill for the Triumph Hurdle but is now only 16-1 with Coral.

"He'll get a trip and the only question about the Triumph is that he seems to like soft ground," Nicholls said.

"But if he keeps progressing, you never know. I suppose he could run somewhere like at Cheltenham at the end of January."

The profitable festive period for Nicholls continued when Dodging Bullets gave weight and a firm beating to Grandouet in the williamhill.com Novices' Chase.

With Valdez a non-runner the race was effectively a match but with Grandouet in receipt of 6lb he was sent off the 1-2 favourite.

Barry Geraghty attempted to make all but Dodging Bullets moved up ominously down the back straight and outjumped Nicky Henderson's runner at the fourth-last.

Jacob just made sure he was safe over the final three fences and the 7-4 chance came home 10 lengths clear.

Nicholls said: "I've got two really nice novices, and this horse is every bit as good as Hinterland.

"We recauterised his pallet and he has come back a different horse.

"I really fancied him today, and the Arkle will be his main aim.

"I've half an eye on Hinterland going to Doncaster at the end of next month, and this horse could go to Warwick for the Kingmaker, as it gives him a bit more time."

Mickie is one of the toughest around and the 5-2 favourite slugged out the William Hill - Download The App Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

Henry Daly's grey stayed on well to score at Newbury, and although she surged into the lead on the turn for home, she eventually had to fight hard to beat Cannon Fodder a length.

Jockey Richard Johnson said: "She hasn't got too many gears but she was fit, and she was tough. Hopefully the handicapper won't be too hard on her now."

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