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Allart lights up the gloom at Ascot’s behind-closed-doors Christmas fixture

  • Henderson’s novice a smart winner on chasing debut
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Nicky Henderson does not pitch many horses straight into Grade Two company for their chasing debut, but the ones judged good enough in recent years include Simonsig, Bobs Worth and Santini, which makes Allart, a comfortable winner of the Noel Novice Chase here on Friday at a meeting that went behind closed doors after the tier 3 extension, an immensely promising new name on the list.

Allart’s fencing was a little clumsy at the third and sixth but otherwise there was little hint of his inexperience as Nico de Boinville nudged him towards Fiddlerontheroof, the favourite, between the final two fences and then took charge with a big jump at the last.

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