The 1995 Ebor winner was pitted against the 1994 St Leger victor, Moonax, in an ordinary novices' hurdle, but the race did not turn out to be a straight fight between the two. Sanmartino swept to the front at the last but had to be kept up to his work by Adrian Maguire to hold High In The Clouds by one and a half lengths. Moonax was a further four lengths away in third.
Coral's representative, Rob Hartnett, said: "Sanmartino has impressed me as a novice, but I think he looks a horse who needs things to go his own way and he won't get that in the Champion Hurdle."
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