Koultas King has so often been the bridesmaid in his career to date, having finished runner-up on six of his previous nine starts before yesterday’s reappearance in the opening maiden hurdle at Ffos Las.  Furthermore, given we have had six seconds in the last 12 days, I must admit to feeling some nerves having seen him sent off at odds-on!

Thankfully, Koultas King took advantage of a good opportunity, hurdling fluently and making all the running under a well-judged ride from Richard Johnson to win by a comfortable three and a half lengths.  A scopey individual, we are unlikely to wait too long before sending him novice chasing and I can see him finding further improvement in that sphere.

Unfortunately, seconditis returned during the remainder of the afternoon, with both Paddy Partridge and Ski Sunday going down by under a length and Great Oak also finding one too good.  However, I was delighted with the performance of Ski Sunday, who jumped and travelled with plenty of enthusiasm on his return from a break.  On the back of that, he should prove capable of winning a beginners chase in the coming weeks.

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