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'I've always liked him' - McManus buy Gitche Gumee makes smooth hurdling debut.

Alan King trained Grade 1 winners Yanworth, Uxizandre and Franchoek for JP McManus, and in Gitche Gumee the pair have another bright prospect.

The leading owner swooped after the four-year-old won a Kempton bumper in March and must have been pleased by what he saw in the 2m½f novice hurdle, with Gitche Gumee strolling to a 13-length win.

King said: "It was a lovely start, I couldn't be more pleased. I've always liked him, he's matured quite a bit through the summer and I'm delighted JP has another good one with me.

"The horse who finished ninth in his bumper went on to win the Cambridgeshire for Mick Channon and the second won at Fakenham yesterday."

King is keen to bide his time with his youngster, but pointed towards his breeding and scope when asked to assess his potential.

"There's plenty of pace in the pedigree as Geos is in there," he said. "I want to keep him to two miles for now, but he will get further. He's only four, but he's a big scopey horse so let's hope he's lucky."

Tom has two rides today at Wetherby.

1:45 PRESS YOUR LUCK - Solid start to chase career with all-the-way win at Chepstow; should make another bold bid.

Owners - Cox, Llyod & Finden - Trainer - Chris Gordon

This boy progressed well over hurdles during the second half of last season, winning

back-to-back 2m4f/2m5f handicaps. He then made a solid start to his chasing career

with an all-the-way-win at Chepstow (2m7f) three weeks ago and should handle the

ground there today. He does carry a 10Ib penalty for that win but fingers crossed

for a good run.

4:05 CHANDLERS BAY - Half-brother to six Flat winners, one a fairly useful hurdler; yard excels in 3yo hurdles.

Owner - Mrs J P E Cunningham - Trainer - Alan King

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