Kinkeel bids for a record

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A BOLD bid to enter the record books is set to play out its latest instalment at Towcester on Boxing Day.

It’s not often that a 12 year-old pulled up on its previous outing at the course only 11 days earlier attracts more than his fair share of publicity. But the Tony Carroll-trained Kinkeel is an exception to that rule.

Kinkeel has so far contested 95 chases and one point to point in a career spanning seven years.

Versatility and durability have been the names of his game, as he has also performed over hurdles, on the all-weather flat and in National Hunt Flat contests as well.

His target is to equal or overhaul the 104 chase starts made by Blazing Dawn, a runner who competed chiefly in Ireland and then the north of England between 1991-2000.

Towcester has played a significant part in Kinkeel’s career. The Hubbly Bubbly gelding gave cause for celebration in the winners’ enclosure twice from 16 visits to the track. The first came in January 2008 and then again in January this year.

Kinkeel runs for Group 1 Racing whose spokesman Stephen Foster said: “Our aim is for Kinkeel to pass the record set by Blazing Dawn and get into the Guinness Book of Records.

“The only reason this hasn’t happened with Blazing Dawn is due to the awareness of the feat. We have had quite a bit of help from the people at the Racing Post in establishing the current record holder. As far as we know, there are no other contenders at present.

“Kinkeel thrives on his racing although his track record says he does take a while to warm up. Once you have run him a few times, he tends to hold his form quite well.

“Although he pulled up last week, Mattie Batchelor just looked after the horse after he began to get tired at the third last. He has been a great servant to Group 1 Racing, winning more than £50,000 in prize money in the four years we have had him – he once finished second to the Queen’s horse Barbers Shop at Newbury.

“It will help us that the trip of the Boxing Day race is over 2m 3 1/2f rather than 2m and it is certainly our intention to go back to Towcester.”

The action at the Boxing Day meeting starts at 12.50pm. Admission to the meeting is £10.