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Giant novice King Edmund 40-1 for Arkle after outstaying classy rivals; PLUMPTON.

Byline: Bruce Jackson

Star performance Noun De La Thinte, an in-form mare making up for lost time Heavy suspension Johnny Farrelly weighed in 2.5lb heavy - a drink of Lucozade carried the can - after riding fourth-placed Diktalina, and now has the new year off as he was banned from December 30 to January 1 inclusive Find out why Global Warming looks a hurdler to keep on side. Results and analysis, page 62 IT WAS Goliath's turn to humble David yesterday, as giant chaser King Edmund put his classier smaller rivals to the sword in the feature novice chase, much to the delight of owner-breeder Simon Tindall.

"It's all very well being a Grade 2 hurdler, but on this ground you have to be able to jump," said Tindall as he welcomed back his 14-1 winner, trained by Chris Gordon.

King Edmund was introduced into Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Chase betting at 40-1 by William Hill.

The gelding, backed at 40-1 and 33-1 early in the morning for yesterday's race, showed his rivals a clean pair of heels under Rodi Greene, outstaying El Dancer and Shoreacres, who was hampered by the fall of Mahonia two out when threatening to challenge.

Tindall added: "I've got four more of the family but I gave away the mare [Cadbury Castle], who I bought with Bob McCreery. She always produced lovely big horses."

Hills were also quite taken with the all-the-way win of Westlin' Winds in the opener as they made the dual scorer 33-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, although they were not as impressed as Coral, who went 20-1. Oliver Greenall never had a moment's worry on the colt, who is part-owned by the jockey's father Lord Daresbury which should ensure he keeps the ride.

However, any big-race assignments might be a way off, because trainer Charles Egerton does not want to overface him as he still showed signs of greenness.

Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy warmed the cold conditions with a finish to savour in the 2m5f novice hurdle, with Walsh getting the better response from the last on Aldertune to deny an Egerton double with favourite Abbevillian, who stumbled a stride after the last to let in his rival and could not respond to McCoy's drive.

Kawagino has had his problems with getting over his fences, so it was ironic that his rivals fell by the wayside to help the nine-year-old to his first win in 33 months in the 3m2f handicap chase.

He could claim to be the classiest horse on display here, having run three times in the Champion Hurdle and not been disgraced in fifth behind Sublimity in 2007.

Winning trainer Seamus Mullins said: "It's been a long time overdue. I've always been disappointed with him over fences - he has let me down with silly little mistakes. He's never been out of second gear for Philip [Hide] today, but we will stay small for now."

The Let's Live Racing team were disappointed when Peter Grimes was only third in the juvenile hurdle, but the Venetia Williams-trained Noun De La Thinte put a smile back on the face of racing manager Mark Ball when she secured an easy win in the 2m4f handicap chase to supplement a hurdling win six days previously.

"She is in again before the handicapper reassesses her, so I will have to talk to Venetia, but that was just what we asked for," said Ball.

Harcourt must have been motivated by Kawagino's efforts as he won his first race in more than three years when making all under amateur Ryan Mahon for owner-trainer Peter Henderson in the 2m handicap hurdle.

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Tony McCoy and Abbevillian come off second best against Ruby Walsh on Aldertune (right) yesterday
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2009
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