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Helnwein heads exciting novice hurdle team for King

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Helnwein made a successful start to his novice hurdling career at Warwick on Wednesday in the Watch On Racing TV Novices' Hurdle.

Trainer : ALAN KING.
Trainer : ALAN KING. Picture: PA Images.

Ridden by Tom Cannon, the gelding was always keen in the early stages but appeared to have matters in-hand when taking up the lead with two flights to jump. He was kept to his task by the second-placed Toonagh Warrior, finishing one-and-three-quarter lengths ahead at the line, with Kilbarry Hill a further neck back in third.

Trained by Alan King, the son of Walk in the Park was a bumper winner at Ffos Las at the start of the year and raced twice more on the flat, picking up a placing at Uttoxeter in March.

"He is a horse that we like and he has done everything so easily at home. He does everything on the bridle at home and it would have been no surprise if he got beat today as a lot of mine have needed a run," said King.

"He has done a lot of strengthening through the summer and the boys did a great job last season in only letting me run him in bumpers.

"There is a lot more to come from him and he is very much a work in progress. Hopefully he will build on that.

"I think we will stick at two miles for the time being, but he will get further in time. We could look to see if we can find one of those valuable introductory hurdles, but he will need between three and four weeks between his races.

"I needed to find some good horses, but last season's bumper horses are the best I've had for a long time and he is one of the nicer ones."

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