Today's racecards

Kempton Park

  • 12:25 Williamhill.com/bonus25 - Sign Up Bonus Juvenile Novices' Hurdle2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 14.90s
  • Off time: 12:25:17
12:25 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Anak (IRE) 5/1
2nd Ciceron (IRE) 11/4
3rd Mallorey 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1F2 Orange, royal blue stars Anak (IRE) 33
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4 11-5 Jim Best T Scudamore 121 5/16.00
2 77 RED and YELLOW stripes, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap Abulharith 36
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4 10-12 M Scudamore W Marston 66/167.00
3 Red and dark green diabolo, halved sleeves, red and dark green quartered cap Braveheart Move (IRE) 118
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4 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 5/16.00
4 3 DARK BLUE, WHITE disc, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE spots, WHITE cap Ciceron (IRE) 58
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4 10-12 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 11/43.75
5 7 Royal Blue, White cross belts, striped sleeves, quartered cap Mallorey 18
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4 10-12 A M Hales B Wharfe (3) 40/141.00
6 889 Dark Blue, Royal Blue sleeves Sir John 18
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4 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill Gerald Quinn (10) 100/1101.00
7 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Watergate (IRE) 101
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4 10-12 P F Nicholls R Walsh 13/82.62
8 8 Emerald green, red star Douchkette (FR) 183
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4 10-5 John Berry Matthew Batchelor 66/167.00
9 2 White, Grey epaulets Luthien (IRE) 60
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4 10-5 p A M Hales W Kennedy 16/117.00

Verdict

Anak sets the standard here but it is far from an insurmountable one, with BRAVEHEART MOVE and Watergate fascinating contenders on their hurdling bows. Our selection was talked of as a live outsider for the Derby when trained by Sir Mark Prescott, and although never quite living up to those aspirations he did achieve a rating of 95 on the level. That rating looks fully justified and new connections paid six figures for his services, so they'll be hopeful of a big run on debut with the trip set to pose no problems for this son of Cape Cross. He's yet to encounter ground this soft but it shouldn't be a problem, so he gets the vote over fellow hurdling debutant Watergate. This one was also formerly in the care of Sir Mark but now runs in the colours of The Stewart Family for Paul Nicholls. Hailing from such connections he clearly merits respect, but he's plenty to find with our pick on flat ratings. The four-year-old was last seen in October when narrowly denied over 1m2f so the trip should be ideal and he seems to act with a bit of cut, and the market should tell us more as to the stables expectations. The newcomers look like they could be too good for those seen out already, of whom Anak rates the most likely to cause an upset. Jim Best's runner will relish conditions as a winner on heavy ground at Plumpton, and his rating of 121 sets the benchmark. Our feeling is that he'll struggle to give weight to the two promising newcomers and he looks booked for third at best. Ciceron weakened rapidly on his first outing in Britain but may yet be capable of better, so it'll be interesting to see how he goes in the market. The Venetia Williams inmate is readily preferred to Luthien of the others, the last-named having achieved only a very moderate level of form on the flat and it remains to be seen whether his second on hurdling introduction will be backed up by another solid run. Abulharith has been beaten out of sight in similar contests whilst both Douchette and Mallorey showed precious little last time, and with Sir John being exposed as moderate this looks best left to the newcomers of whom Braveheart Move is readily preferred.