Dw9X4kdUYAAxa8H (1) 2A good second on his chasing debut at Chepstow in October, Debece made his second start over the larger obstacles a winning one at Newcastle yesterday, jumping well throughout under Alan Johns to take the novices’ chase in very good style.

The son of Kayf Tara hasn’t had much racing in the past 18 months, but his close third in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in April 2017 was a clear indication of what he is capable of and I have always thought he would make up into a better chaser, as he has all the attributes to excel over fences.

In many ways it was a relief to get yesterday out of the way and, all being well, we will now look to give him one more run before a tilt at the Festival in March.  I am delighted for his owner Robert Kirkland, who is a wonderful supporter of ours.