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Favourite Moscow Blaze continues good form to win Kent Grand National at Charing

By Andrew Gidley
Moscow Blaze and jockey Page Fuller (far left) on their way to victory in the 2014 Kent Grand National at Charing Picture: Ginni Beard

Moscow Blaze justified odds-on favouritism to record a comfortable victory in the Kent Grand National at Charing on Sunday.

Three wins had made Page Fuller’s eight-year-old mount, the form horse in the three-mile, six furlong race, the feature race at the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt Point-to-Point meeting.

However, the biggest race of the South East season only attracted five runners, with two-time winner Freddies Return, one of several withdrawals.

Showman, ridden by Oz Wedmore, winner of his two previous starts, led for much of the race, before 3-1-on chance Blaze went in front four fences from home, eventually pulling clear to win.
Showman (3-1) was second, with Ilikehimmac, ridden by Paul Blagg from Brasted near Westerham, third at 10-1.

Gamato (16-1), ridden by Richard Defargo, was the day’s biggest priced winner in the Restricted, beating off the challenge of odds-on favourite Running in Heels (Phil York).

Racing takes place at Penshurst on the Kent/Surrey borders this weekend, with a bumper entry of 125 horses for the seven-race Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent meet on Saturday (first race 2pm). The first of three pony races is at 12.15pm.

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