Festival rivals are no rivals as Kalashnikov Guns for Them
The Young Briton Trainer, Amy Murphy believes without any doubt that Kalashnikov is a threat to watch out for at the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival coming up. The five-year-old Kalashnikov is owned by Amy’s father Paul and he has improved rapidly since his winning debut at Wetherby about 12 months ago under the jockey Jack Quinlan. He won with a wide margin at the West Yorkshire track on Charlie Hall Chase Day last year’s November and went on to be very successful at Doncaster before he was defeated at the Sandown’s Grade one Tolworth Hurdle during the year.
The five-year-old mare has defied every status of being a novice in the mind of viewers by booking his place in the two-mile Grade one after running a four-and-a-half-length race at the ultra-competitive Betfair Hurdle at Newbury about a month ago on a water-soaked ground. Thus, with a seemingly more difficult ground to run on this time, at Cheltenham. Amy Murphy is so happy with Kalashnikov most especially after the success achieved over the hurdles on Thursday morning.
She reported, “it went perfectly well. I can tell you he is in a very good order so with our fingers crossed, we definitely can keep him in this shape until Tuesday. We are not worried about the situation on the ground. At least it was soft the last time at Newbury and he went through it. So also, the time before at Sandown. I can boldly say he is versatile”.
Kalashnikov is also on the list for the two-mile-five-furlong Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Wednesday. His trainer, Amy, stated expressly that if by Tuesday, he doesn’t get there for whatsoever reason, he is not going to run at all. She further stated that she is really excited and still sees it as unbelievable as going into the festival with two sure hope is fantastic.