Kalashnikov will take a second outing over fences at Plumpton on December 3, after an imposing display at Warwick earlier this month.

Going out over two miles, the five-year-old won by eleven lengths from Huntsman Son, never looking in any kind of trouble.

An early favourite for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, Kalashnikov is looking to build on what was an exceptional hurdling career.

In five races last year, the Amy Murphy-trained horse placed first three times, and second twice.

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In the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham however, it was to be disappointment for the Murphy stable. Summerville Boy had Kalashnikov beaten by a neck at the post, but there seems to be no time to dwell on the missed opportunity.

Quoted by Sporting Life, Murphy said:

He’s absolutely fine and hopefully he’ll go to Plumpton in two weeks’ time,

He’s not doing a lot at the moment, but there’s no problem at all.