Katie Too is on song as King reigns at Fontwell

Trainer Alan King
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Katie Too launched her hurdling career in fine fashion at Fontwell.

The four-year-old King’s Theatre filly romped to a 20-length victory in the smartcomputersbristol.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in West Sussex.

Sent off as 4/5 favourite, she recovered from a mistake at the sixth flight before easing clear two from home and winning with plenty to spare in the hands of jockey Wayne Hutchinson.

Trained in Wiltshire by Alan King, Katie Too got her career off to a winning start with bumper glory at Newbury in February.

She followed that up with seventh spot in the Listed event – won by Hollies Pearl – at Aintree’s Grand National meeting in April.

King then gave the Irish-bred filly a break over the summer before her hurdles debut.

And her performance proved she is one to watch.

Elsewhere on the Fontwell card, Toohighforme won the TI Engineering Structural Ltd Handicap Chase at 10/1.

With only two horses finishing, Nick Gifford’s inmate ran out a 26-length winner over Highbury High in the hands of Tom Cannon.

The Axio Special Works Christmas Raceday Juvenile Hurdle went to Gary Moore’s talented youngster Darebin and jockey Jamie Moore.

The three-year-old son of It’s Gino was pulled up at Newbury last time out.

But he proved his victory at Sandown at the beginning of last month was no fluke as he justified his status as the 7/4 favourite with an 11-length defeat of Extreme Appeal.

The NJS Handicap Chase was won by 3/1-favourite Alternatif.

David Pipe’s five-year-old son of Shaanmer, who was ridden by Tom Scudamore and rated 133, timed his run perfectly to ease ahead of Pete The Feat near the finish and see out a cosy win.

Superciliary was the surprise 25/1 winner of the John & Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle for trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Marc Goldstein.

Grand National winner Leighton Aspell steered Amidon to a 4/1 success in the TI Engineering Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

And the card finished with Thepartysover winning the ROA/Racing Post Handicap Hurdle at 4/1.