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    26 February 2024

    Late surge secures victory for Forward Plan in the Coral Trophy

    Underdog Forward Plan Surprises in Coral Trophy Handicap Chase

    In a thrilling turn of events at Kempton, Forward Plan came storming from behind to snatch victory away from the favored Al Dancer in the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase. Jockey Dylan Johnston took an aggressive approach with Al Dancer, utilizing their weight allowance effectively under trainer Sam Thomas.

    As the race unfolded, multiple competitors seemed poised to overtake Al Dancer, including Flegmatik, Killer Kane, Bowtogreatness, and Blackjack Magic. However, just when it appeared that Al Dancer had secured the win approaching the final stretch, Forward Plan rallied back into contention.

    Surging past his rivals with momentum on his side, Anthony Honeyball’s charge crossed the finish line as a comfortable length-and-a-quarter victor under jockey Ben Godfrey. Reflecting on their strategic decision-making for this race, Honeyball shared insights into Forward Plan’s progression and adaptability.

    “Today was three miles rather than three-mile-two,” said Honeyball. “Despite initial concerns about the ground conditions being too soft, Forward Plan showcased his versatility and endurance on challenging terrain.”

    Honeyball expressed confidence in Forward Plan’s future performances at Doncaster and Aintree following this impressive display of skill and determination. The victory also marked a significant milestone for jockey Ben Godfrey as he continues to hone his racing expertise alongside top trainers like Honeyball.

    A Promising Future Ahead for Team Forward Plan

    Looking ahead to upcoming races at Aintree and beyond, both horse and rider are primed for further success based on their stellar performance at Kempton. With valuable experience gained from high-stakes competitions like the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase,

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