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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Fontwell Double For Top Cat

Tom, has now moved onto 30 winners for the season, after his two

winners at Fontwell yesterday.

Tuesday: Fontwell

Trainer Toby Lawes was delighted Kap Auteuil's confidence came back at the right time as he defied top weight in the driving rain to land the 2m5½f handicap chase and make it five wins from his last six starts.

The six-year-old notched a four-timer between February and October before his winning run came to an end at Cheltenham's November meeting, but he bounced back to his best when grinding out a length victory under Tom Cannon, who doubled up with Cilaos Glace in the 2m3½f handicap chase.

"We tried experimenting at Cheltenham and we knew it was going to be a big step, but he wasn't quite himself. That was a nice way to build his confidence back up," Lawes said.

"He's a stronger horse who can handle that ground now; he showed a very tenacious attitude."

After failing to win before his four-timer began at Fakenham earlier this year, Kap Auteuil has made up for lost time and Lawes is confident more wins await the Andrew and Sarah Wates-owned gelding.

He added: "He's learned to race a lot better as he was quite keen when he was immature, but he's great fun. He's such a wonderful type and a very special horse.

"He's got loads of quality and I'm sure he'll continue his upward curve. He's a horse who thrives off confidence."

Tom has the one ride at Lingfield today for trainer Alan King

1:00 HASEEFAH Comprehensive win at Market Rasen (2m, good) in September on hurdling debut; major player.

Photo image (Alan Crowhurst) of KAP AUTEUIL winning at Fontwell.


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