La Bague Au Roi on the hunt for three-timer in Kauto Star Novices' Chase

The talented mare has looked tailor-made for fences in her two starts to date and will aim to defend her unbeaten record in the Grade 1 contest.

Victories in a couple of Newbury events over talented opposition have marked her out as a horse to follow, and trainer Warren Greatrex is confident she can step up once again.

He said: "The plan is to head to Kempton on Boxing Day. I suppose win, lose or draw we will see where we are.

"I think the track will suit her and we will learn a lot more after that whether she is up to that grade.

"It looks like being a very hot race and almost as hot as the King George with the likes of Santini, Topofthegame and Count Meribel going there – they are a handful of the best novice chasers around this season.

"Her ratings put her right up there and she will get a mares' allowance, which will help, but she will have to be on top of her game to win."

He added: "She jumped very well last time and it was a drop back in trip, which didn't bother her.

"It is a shame Lostintranslation fell as it would have made it a proper race, although I think she would have taken some passing."





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