Knight Salute is ready to fight for glory in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham after extending its winning streak to five races at Kempton
- Knight Salute won for the fifth consecutive race at Kempton on Saturday
- The horse is set to race in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham next month
- Trainer Milton Harris thinks the horse could defy the odds to win the race
Trainer Milton Harris has warned against underestimating bargain-buy Knight Salute at Cheltenham as he was cut to 14-1 for the Triumph Hurdle after making it five races unbeaten in the Coral Adonis Hurdle at Kempton.
The Hurdle betting is dominated by Irish-trained contenders but Paddy Brennan-ridden Knight Salute showed his resolute side when beating Teddy Blue, who lost his chance with a last-flight blunder, by three-and- a-quarter lengths.
Knight Salute, who cost £14,700 when bought out of the Andrew Balding Flat stable, has now won three Grade Two contests over hurdles. Harris said: ‘We are in there with horses that cost 10 or 15 times more than him. We’re going there as third or fourth favourite and we’re unbeaten. I’m sure the Irish horses are very good but they are beatable. I’m not sure he’ll beat them but they’ll have a race from the last.’
Knight Salute (left) won again on Sunday as it continued its good recent form
Aucunrisque bested Shallwehaveonemore by a length in the Grade Two Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton under Tom Cannon. He has the option of running in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham but trainer Chris Gordon said his gelding was more likely to be saved for a race at the Grand National meeting in April.
That meeting and the Grade One Manifesto Novices’ Chase is also the destination for Paul Nicholls-trained Pic D’Orhy after the length win from Millers Bank in the Grade Two Pendil Novices’ Chase.
Welsh trainer Christian Williams completed a big staying race double in just over 20 minutes as Win My Wings (Ryan Mania) won the Eider Chase at Newcastle and Cap Du Nord, ridden by Jack Tudor, the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at Kempton.
Dan Skelton-trained Flegmatik will be saved for the Bet365 Gold Cup on the final day of the jumps season at Sandown after his easy win in the 2m, 4f handicap chase that opened the Kempton card.
The horse is flying at the moment and may be in the running to win at Cheltenham next month