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Irish Saint was impressive at Kempton

Paul Nicholls fired back after a quiet Boxing Day at Kempton with an impressive winner of Thursday's opening race.

The champion trainer already has a leading Triumph Hurdle contender in Far West, but he can be joined by Irish Saint after he skipped 18 lengths clear in the William Hill - iPad App Now Available Juvenile Hurdle. Sent off the 10-11 favourite after taking his debut in France, Irish Saint is 14-1 across the board for the Festival itself.

"He's a horse I want to look after as we view him as a chaser but he deserves a chance to go for something better now. I suppose he could come out again at the end of January at either Cheltenham or Haydock," said Nicholls.

Tweedledrum provided young trainer Tom Symonds and conditional jockey Ben Poste with a second high-profile victory in the william Hill - New iPad App Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

A 33-1 chance when striking at Ascot last month, the mudlark was again rather discounted at 16-1 here but managed to scrape home by three-quarters of a length from Silver Gypsy.

"She was my first runner as a trainer, I couldn't win with her last year but she's repaying me in spades. She's been very hard to figure out and she does need this ground, so we will have to keep trying to make hay while the rain falls," said Herefordshire-based Symonds.

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