Kalashnikov with Amy Murphy and Jack Quinlan
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Smart novice hurdler Kalashnikov, made an impressive start to his career over fences, as he ran out a ready winner at Warwick.

Only four went to post for this contest over two miles, with Scorpion Sid and Lisdoonvarna Lad setting the early tempo.

At the sixth fence, Lisdoonvarna Lad took over from Kalashnikav, who made a slight mistake.

However, Kalashnikov asserted a couple of fences later and turned for home travelling much better than his only pursuer, Huntsmans Son.

A fine jump at the last sealed victory and Kalashnikov and Jack Quinlan sauntered to a convincing win on his chasing debut.

Quinlan said: “Kalashnikov made one or two novicey mistakes, which he was entitled to as that was the fastest he’s been over a fence. He has put in a good round and brushed them aside in the straight.”

Amy Murphy, gave context to the performance, commenting: “That was very much like sending your kid to school on the first day of term, but Kalashnikov put in a safe round of jumping and it was job done.

“It’s all about learning a lot here and he was only about 85 per cent fit as we’ve not been able to use the grass gallops that much. He wanted to go long at the first ditch, but Jack said, ‘Come here and learn your lesson while you can’. You’d have to be delighted with that.

“There are no set races but all roads lead to the Arkle and we may look at Plumpton next month as they’re putting on a bonus, but we will do right by the horse.

“That’s essentially a route Voy Por Ustedes took, and after that we could run him at Kempton over Christmas, which seems a good fit.”