Kaboo secures all-weather hat-trick enroute to £150,000 three-year-old championships final

Kaboo wins the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Conditions Stakes (Pic: John Hoy courtesy of ARC).

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KABOO continued his resurgence to secure a hat-trick at Kempton Park on Monday and secure a place in the £150,000 Coral All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships Final at Newcastle on April 15.

Kaboo created a good impression on his first start when finishing sixth, and only three and a half lengths behind the winner, in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot after being supported into 13-2 before the off.

The Karl Burke-trained colt was then third in a Class 1 at Sandown and 10th in a Class 3 at Goodwood before switching to the all-weather last autumn. Three starts have returned wide-margin victories over five furlongs at Wolverhampton and Newcastle before scoring impressively when stepped up to six furlongs for the first time, on a well-attended cold and clear day at Kempton Park on Monday.

“We knew Kaboo was a lovely horse coming here and I wasn’t worried by the step up to six furlongs,” Burke said. 

“My immediate reaction after watching the replay a couple of times is that when we run him over six furlongs again, you’d probably wait another 100 yards before pressing the button. He seemed to take two or three lengths out of them going to the two and then stayed on. 

“He has such a lovely stride and high cruising speed that you can’t pull him around. He is one of those you need to get in a nice rhythm with, wherever that is because he doesn’t have to lead. His stride and natural early speed take him there.

“I was quoted in the press a couple of days ago saying we would go straight to Finals Day after this, but he was having a right blow today and is a stuffy horse. Ideally, you would want another run between now and then but there isn’t a lot of options.

“There is a six-furlong race at Newcastle on February 23, but I have another horse [El Caballo] pencilled in for that and don’t want them taking each other on at this stage. I will have a chat with Nick [Bradley, syndicate manager] and we will go from there.”

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