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Kempton: David’s young team is on the up and up

By Chris McGrath

David Arbuthnot already has one eye on next season with Pere Blanc and Shuil Royale after seeing the pair continue their progression with victories at Kempton yesterday.

The Newbury-based handler is putting together a decent team of youngsters, with unbeaten hurdler Topolski set to fly the flag for the yard at Aintree next month.

Arbuthnot sees Pere Blanc and Shuil Royale as projects for the longer term, however, and they showed they are very much worth following with good triumphs in Sunbury.

Pere Blanc showed he is a massive improver by completing a hat-trick in the SFS Intec New Generation Handicap Hurdle.

The six-year-old won off a mark some 30lb lower at the track at the start of February, before following up at Sandown.

Ridden with confidence by Jason Maguire, Pere Blanc (7-2) struck on after jumping the second-last and quickly opened up a decent advantage, coming home four lengths ahead of Ostland.

“He has obviously progressed a lot — he needed to having gone up in the weights so much,” said Arbuthnot. “He's going the right way, but I'm not sure if we'll run him again this year or not.

“There might be something at Liverpool for him, but I don't want to run him on quick ground. We might just put him away and he'll go novice chasing next year.”

Dual bumper scorer Shuil Royale had been beaten into third on his hurdling debut at Sandown, but he was back in the winning groove in the Kinnell And Certass Novices Hurdle.

The 13-8 favourite made good progress through the field under Daryl Jacob and got the better of course-and-distance winner Smart Catch by a length.

“The ground was a little bit soft for him really, but he's done it well,” said Arbuthnot.

“He'll definitely be put away now and I'd imagine he'll go hurdling again at the start of next season, before maybe going novice chasing later on.”

The Venetia Williams-trained Rileyev made it three wins in a month by claiming the Flag-Soprema Waterproofing Classic Handicap Chase.

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