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George gracious in victory

A review of Monday's card at Kempton Park where Jim Crowley warmed up for his Hong Kong date with Dandino.

Jim Crowley warmed up for a date with Dandino in Hong Kong with victory aboard Gracious George (2/1) in the seven furlong nursery on the card.

The son of Oratorio was far from winning out of turn as he had placed in each of his last two starts at the track.

The well backed The Wonga Coup (5/2f) proved to be the answer to a competitive opener.

Pat Phelan's five-year-old pilfered the prize from the luckless Barchiel, who seemed sure to finally get off the mark at the 14th time of asking.

Polar Kite (6/1) had an abortive spell over hurdles for Paul Nicholls but a switch back to the flat and a drop in company appeared to work the oracle for the Richard Fahey trained four-year-old in the claimer.

El Buen Turista (11/4) was the first leg of a double for Jimmy Fortune as Andrew Balding's charge ran out a comprehensive winner having made all.

The Pat Eddery trained Rapid Water (10/1) making full use of first time headgear to secure the second part just an hour later.

Not to be outdone, the trainer also went on to deliver a double as Fortrose Academy (4/1) appeared to relish the drop back to six furlongs in the finale.

John Gosden was out of luck at Wolverhampton but Sillabub (5/4f) made no mistake here and confirmed the favourable impression of her debut in the second division of the maiden.

Graham Lee took a step closer to a century of winners on the flat this calendar year.

The Grand National winning rider produced the Amanda Perrett trained Head Of Steam (11/2) at the perfect moment to take the feature handicap on the card.