The Nightingale Earns 40/1 Gold Cup Quote After Easy Down Royal Victory.

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Kauto Star got his season off to a perfect start when running out a comfortable winner of the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

While the 10-year-old was far from impressive in outstaying Sizing Europe and China Rock, the result was never really in doubt.

Most bookmakers decided to leave the horses' Gold Cup odds unchanged, with Paddy Power and Stan James best at 5/1.

Looking back at Kauto Star's Gold Cup fall at this years' Festival, Nicholls said: " You never know after he had a fall like that, but we'd done lots of work in the spring and Ruby rode him early last week and his stamina won the day."

Connections will see how the horse comes out of the race before making a decision regarding a possible run in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 27th, for which he is a best price 8/1.

The task of Nicholl's runner, The Nightingale, in the following Ladbrokes.com Chase was made easier by the late withdrawal of favourite Pandorama, but the son of Cadoudal could not have been more impressive in beating two decent animals in Roberto Goldback and Osana.

The trainer was delighted with the geldings performance saying: " The Nightingale doesn't mind going right-handed or left-handed as long as the ground is soft. He jumped better than he did at Aintree last time and we worked on that at home."

With a trip to the Festival no certainty, considering the likelyhood of much faster ground, the Ryanair Chase is the most likely target should connections decide to chance it, but several firms have given the 7-year-old a Gold Cup quote, with Victor Chandler top price at 40/1.

The Nightingale is without doubt a top class chaser in the making, and should continue to progress as the season goes on. If the going is on the easy side for the Festival, the horse could well be a leading player, especially if the Ryanair is the chosen option.

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