Kalashnikov Out For Arkle Chase Success

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                                         Source: 3furlongsout via Twitter

    Kalashnikov lost out at Cheltenham Festival last season by the tightest of margins in the Supreme
    Novices’ Hurdle but will look to notch his first title at the event in the Arkle Chase in 2019. The Irish
    horse has been outstanding in his short career and it would be no surprise to see him enter the winners’
    circle in March at the end of the contest.

    Amy Murphy’s charge is considered the leading contenders among the bookies, being backed in the
    latest Cheltenham Festival betting odds at 4/1 to win the Arkle Chase. He will have company in his
    quest to win the crown as Mengli Khan and Lalor will provide fierce competition, but Kalashnikov
    has proven to have the qualities of an elite horse on the track.

    Kalashnikov began his career at the end of the 2016/17 National Hunt season, beginning with a triumph
    at Wetherby, where he was considered a rank outside for the win. However, he put forward a strong
    performance to beat the race favourite Minella Warrior by two lengths. The brown gelding carried his
    form into the new campaign in his first Novices’ Hurdle. Murphy’s charge was dominant on the track,
    speeding away from the rest of the field down the stretch to triumph by 12 lengths.

    The Irish horse continued to impress on the track, notching his third win on the bounce. At Doncaster,
    the bookies took note of his previous displays and installed Kalashnikov as the favourite for the contest,
    and he did not disappoint as he overcame a slight mistake four fences out before turning on the speed to
    canter over the line. His first defeat would be against a soon-to-be-familiar foe as Summerville Boy
    appeared at the Tolworth Novices' Hurdle, claiming an impressive victory over Murphy’s charge, who
    was four lengths off the pace at Sandown Park.

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             Source: RacingTV via Twitter

    Kalashnikov issued the perfect response to the first setback of his career at the Betfair Hurdle. Jack
   Quinlan in the saddle ensured that his charge was flawless in his first performance at Newbury
   Racecourse. The Irish horse settled in the back of the field before making his surge with three fences
   remaining. Once he put his foot down, no one was going to be able to stop the Irish horse from securing
   the win, which he delivered comfortably by four-a-and-a-half lengths ahead of Bleu Et Rouge.

   Murphy’s charge faced Summerville Boy for the second time of the season at the Supreme Novices'
   Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival. The two horses were considered outsiders behind Getabird, although
   they would prove a point, jostling for the win in the closing stages of the race. It appeared as though
   Kalashnikov would have the speed to fend off the challenge of his rival after taking the lead down the
   straight, but he was surpassed by his compatriot to lose out on the line by a neck.

   The five-year-old has made an impressive start to the new campaign, winning both of his outings at
   Warwick and Plumpton by comfortable margins. However, the real test will come when faced with
    quality opponents towards the end of the season, where he will be looking for his first Cheltenham
    crown.

   Kalashnikov lost out at Cheltenham Festival last season by the tightest of margins in the Supreme
   Novices’ Hurdle but will look to notch his first title at the event in the Arkle Chase in 2019. The Irish
   horse has been outstanding in his short career and it would be no surprise to see him enter the winners’
   circle in March at the end of the contest.

   Amy Murphy’s charge is considered the leading contenders among the bookies, being backed in the
   latest Cheltenham Festival betting odds at 4/1 to win the Arkle Chase. He will have company in his
   quest to win the crown as Mengli Khan and Lalor will provide fierce competition, but Kalashnikov has
   proven to have the qualities of an elite horse on the track.