Christian Williams’ Kitty’s Light could get the cream in Newcastle… with the Welsh coach hoping for more top honors seven days after Cap Du Nord’s triumph at Ascot
- Christian Williams hopes for more success with Kitty’s Light in Newcastle
- The Welsh handler had success a week ago at Ascot with Cap Du Nord
- The Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon leads a trio of the trainer’s horses at Kempton
Christian Williams has carved out a reputation as a brilliant handicap hunter coach and the Welsh handler is on the hunt for more top honours, courtesy of Cap Du Nord and KITTY’S LIGHT (Newcastle, 3.25) on Saturday.
It’s only been seven days since Cap Du Nord landed a prestigious event at Ascot and the connections are understandably eager to roll the dice and risk their arm on Kempton in the Coral Trophy as their gelding struggles to snag a second big pot under a penalty.
The 10-year-old was a comfortable winner of the Kempton feature 12 months ago under Jack Tudor, who was sent to Newcastle to partner Kitty’s Light.
Some might take this as a hint in itself, as Cap Du Nord likely faces a tougher task than last year, with the Paul Nicholls-trained trio FRODON (Kempton, 3.00), Saint Calvados and Enrilo all in the line- up.
There will be plenty interested in defending Saint Calvados, which has gone down the handicap after a few rounds at the hands of owner/driver David Maxwell.
Christian Williams wants more honors courtesy of Cap Du Nord and Kitty’s Light (pictured)
Frodon is one of a trio of Paul Nicholls-trained horses to take to Kempton on Saturday
Maxwell is injured so stable jockey Harry Cobden steps in on a horse that has been fielded at the 2021 King George.
Enrilo was fourth in this event last year, but has an uneven completion record and Frodon may be the best of the trio now that he returns to the handicap company.
Admittedly his effort in the Cotswold Chase was moderate but he proved at Wincanton on his return that carrying heavy handicaps is probably the best route to success these days and he was hardly out of favor in the King George when less than 20 lengths behind the Gold Cup Bravemansgame contender.
Five matches completed at Kempton have yielded figures of 11134, with the only defeats at Grade 1 level, and Frodon could be a value pick if he can find a smooth early rhythm under longtime partner Bryony Frost.
Like Frodon, Kitty’s Light has been on the fence scene from an early age and makes the 21st start over fences at just seven years old.
Hopefully he can earn compensation for some highly meritorious efforts and, like many of his stable’s top scorers, he arrives for the big day with the profile of a competitor with good handicaps.