0fe5ce29-b23d-4598-841e-4e00d615398cA winner on his previous start at Newcastle in January, Debece was a warm order to supplement that success at Catterick yesterday and he duly did so with the minimum of fuss, coming home a distance clear, his closest market rival having departed at the third-last fence.

Third in the Grade 1 Sefton Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting in 2017, he finished fourth in the handicap hurdle there last year on the back of an interrupted preparation.  However, he has now had three runs over fences, winning twice, and I am very hopeful that we’ll be able to go there in tip-top shape this year, with the 3m1f Grade 3 Handicap Chase (a race we won with Saint Are back in 2012 when it was a Listed handicap) the target.  Congratulations to his owner Robert Kirkland!