Back on the All-Weather today, VALYRIAN STEEL put in a much-improved performance from his seasonal debut at Epsom, to land the spoils in the Try Our New Price Boosts At Unibet Handicap.
The 7:35 race at Kempton proved an exciting contest this evening, with the decision going down to the wire. Despite a dwelt start from stall 3, Valyrian Steel under Jack Mitchell rode a patient race, making headway from the rear of the field. Chasing the leaders coming inside the 2F marker, Mitchell switched position to the right over 1F out. Valyrian Steel ran on well, moving into second and putting the leaders under pressure in the closing stages. The son of Frankel put in a gritty performance in the final 110 yards up against Protected Guest from the George Margarson yard. The pair quickened and continued to battle it out to the line and a photo finish. It looked like Varlyrian Steel had been denied in the photo, however the first past the post, Protected Guest, had bumped him and therefore the stewards decided to reverse the placings, and Valyrian Steel took the win.
It was a thrilling performance and a pleasing effort from the Frankel colt. Congratulations to winning connections and Jack Mitchell for navigating his way through the race in a professional fashion. We look forward to seeing what Valyrian Steel can go on to do having displayed such a strong desire to win tonight.