Today's racecards

Kempton Park

  • 15:15 Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.70s
  • Off time: 15:15:31
15:15 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Irving 4/6
2nd Amore Alato 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 81-4113 Pink, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap Amore Alato 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-9 Nick Williams R Johnson 135 8/19.00
2 111 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Irving 64
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-9 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 143 4/61.67
3 1P3 Black, black and maroon striped cap Dubai Prince (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-6 h J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 16/117.00
4 1 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap First Mohican 16
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-6 A King R Thornton 5/16.00
5 4-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Cup Final (IRE) 100
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-2 N J Henderson A P McCoy 8/19.00
6 2-32 Emerald green and black stripes, red cap Germany Calling (IRE) 127
Nag me
5 11-2 t C E Longsdon N Fehily 28/129.00
7 1131 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Vaihau (FR) 145
Nag me
5 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 50/151.00

Verdict

Cup Final was only beaten four lengths by IRVING in a Taunton novice hurdle in November and, theoretically, would have every chance of turning the tables on 7lb better terms. But Paul Nicholls' six-year-old has made giant strides since, winning easily twice at Ascot including a Grade 2 by six lengths. The four-timer beckons though First Mohican is an interesting rival as he was decent on the level and made a winning start to his hurdles career at Doncaster despite showing signs of inexperience. Amore Alato is a course and distance winner and no mug while there are races to be won with Germany Calling, though probably not today. Dubai Prince was pulled up when Amore Alato won here on Boxing Day and is a little quirky, while Vaihau makes his hurdling debut.