Kempton Park

  • 15:45 - Vegas Games Handicap Hurdle2m

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


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 13.20s
  • Off time: 15:48:18
15:45 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Novikov 9/2
2nd William Hogarth 10/3
3rd First Avenue 11/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 16217-2 Light Blue, White chevrons, White sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Light Blue and White striped cap Tullamore Dew (IRE) 62
8 11-12 N J Gifford J Pemberton (7) 135 9/25.50
2 1200-21 RED, WHITE seams, ROYAL BLUE and WHITE hooped sleeves and cap Spear Thistle 53
Distance Winner
8 11-7 p C J Mann N D Fehily 130 9/25.50
3 422242 Emerald Green, Orange stripe, striped sleeves William Hogarth 42
5 11-6 W K Goldsworthy A P McCoy 129 10/34.33
4 067131- Emerald Green and Purple stripes, Purple sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Emerald Green cap, Purple stars Marchand D'argent (FR) 287
Distance Winner
7 11-2 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 125 17/29.50
5 19-P322 Black, Grey epaulets, halved sleeves First Avenue 20
Distance Winner
5 11-0 p G L Moore P Hide 123 11/26.50
6 38PP2/1- Red and Dark Blue check, White sleeves and cap In Media Res (FR) 607
9 10-8 C E Longsdon Charlie Studd (3) 117 25/126.00
7 10/629-3 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE chevron, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE stars, WHITE cap Seefin Mountain (IRE) 76
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-8 Andrew Turnell Nick Scholfield 117 25/126.00
8 33-4214 EMERALD GREEN, BLACK seams, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, BLACK spots and spots on cap Novikov 19
Distance Winner
6 10-3 pt P D Evans A Glassonbury (3) 112 9/25.50


SPEAR THISTLE is at his best over two miles in the mud, so gets the vote to land this contest from William Hogarth and First Avenue. Charlie Mann's son of Selkirk won tidily last time out and might just be up to defying a 7lb higher mark under Noel Fehily. Conditions at Lingfield that day were described as heavy and so the softer the better for this one, who is nominated ahead of William Hogarth upon whom AP McCoy takes the ride. This five-year-old was only a head behind Tasheba last time and so it'll be interesting to see how that one goes in the Lanzarote, and whilst a 6lb rise makes life tougher he remains open to improvement and could go close. That race was at Sandown under similar conditions and connections will be hopeful that the champion can drive this one home in front. First Avenue makes some appeal at the likely prices for Gary Moore, whose yard continue in decent form. The Montjeu-gelding has won on soft ground on the flat and a slight rise for a last time out second may not prove a barrier to further success for this strong travelling sort. Marchant D'Argent faces his toughest task to date taking on some solid handicappers, but the Hobbs horse won well enough last time to suggest this mark of 125 might be generous. Whether he'd want the ground as soft as is likely is debatable, but even so he's respected here. Tullamore Dew is the top rated runner but might struggle to give weight to some solid rivals although conditions will be fine, whilst In Media Res can only be watched after such an absence despite a ready success when last seen. Novikov was well held off this mark last time and might struggle once more, and with Seefin Mountain having questions to answer with regards the ground this is best left to mud lark Spear Thistle.