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Kempton Park

  • 14:05 Racing UK Subscribe For Cheltenham Adonis Juvenile Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 2) £27,500 added 4yo 7 ran
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 58.55s
  • Off time: 14:08:11

Adonis Hurdle could offer late Triumph Hurdle clues on Saturday

Last Updated: 22/02/13 11:22am

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Irish Saint: Represents Paul Nicholls in the Adonis

Irish Saint: Represents Paul Nicholls in the Adonis

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have used the Racing UK Subscribe For Cheltenham Adonis Juvenile Hurdle to unearth a Triumph winner in recent years and both are trying to bolster their squads again at Kempton on Saturday.

Of the last six runnings of the Adonis, Henderson has landed half with Triumph hero Soldatino and subsequent champion hurdlers Punjabi and Binocular, and this time he fields Vasco Du Ronceray and Courtesy Call.

The former scored on his British debut at Hereford before going down to Far West at Cheltenham and Kashmir Peak at Doncaster, while Courtesy Call makes his jumping bow.

"I want to get a run into them both, and they are both in the Triumph," said Henderson.

"Courtesy Call is a good horse and just I haven't been able to run him. He isn't very big but he jumps very well.

"He had a busy Flat campaign and has to have good ground, so there was no point in asking him to do anything in that (soft) ground."

Nicholls, whose Champion Hurdle hope Zarkandar collected the Adonis in 2011, saddles Irish Saint.

"The idea was to go Kempton and then Aintree but if he won and was impressive, then he could still go (to Cheltenham)," the trainer said.

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