Saturday, 27 May 2017

Tom George's Champagne City hoping for Kelso glory en-route to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

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Tom George's exciting prospect Champagne City will be expected to open his account at Kelso tomorrow afternoon.

The four-year-old finished fourth on his debut over hurdles at Newton Abbot, and should come on for that run for the Gloucestershire trainer.

Formerly with master handler Mark Johnston, he boasted a terrific record on the flat winning three races and running well in pattern company.

His best run came when finishing a three length second to Foundation who won a Group Two prize next time out.

If he takes well to hurdling and improves, he could make up a nice hurdler for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

"He's in good form at home and we're happy with him," said the Down Farm trainer.

"We hoped he's improved from Newton Abbot which we felt was a good introduction for him.

"It looks like a good opportunity for him, and we are looking forward to seeing how he gets on here and throughout the season."

Half-brother I'm So Lucky won the Grade Two Celebration Chase in 2010.

He's a half-brother to Celebration Chase winner I'm So Lucky, who also campaigned on the flat with Mark Johnston.

Whilst relatives Star Of Angels enjoyed Festival place success in the Triumph Hurdle and Coral Cup.

He's a 4/6 favourite for the Border Facilities Novices' Hurdle (2:15) at Kelso.

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