Kempton Park

  • 12:55 - Play Poker Novices' Chase2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 13.70s
  • Off time: 12:55:15
12:55 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mad Max (IRE) 5/6
2nd Mahonia (IRE) 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1133-12 EMERALD GREEN and RED STRIPES, white cap Fiendish Flame (IRE) 58
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-5 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 137 11/43.75
2 1245-24 Light Blue, White chevrons, White sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Light Blue and White striped cap Dee Ee Williams (IRE) 50
Distance Winner
7 11-0 N J Gifford A P McCoy 5/16.00
3 11/118- Yellow, white cross of lorraine, white and yellow hooped sleeves, emerald green cap Mad Max (IRE) 311
Distance Winner
8 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 5/61.83
4 1278-0F RED and ROYAL BLUE diamonds, EMERALD GREEN and RED striped sleeves, RED cap, EMERALD GREEN diamond Mahonia (IRE) 33
Distance Winner
7 11-0 P F Nicholls R Walsh 130 10/111.00
5 03384-U Purple, large Yellow spots, Yellow spots on Purple sleeves and cap Petito (IRE) 39
7 11-0 Mark Gillard W Kavanagh 100/1101.00


MAD MAX makes his eagerly awaited debut over fences and looks worth backing to make it a winning one, with Mahonia and Fiendish Flame put forward as the most likely dangers. Nicky Henderson is having another fine season and in Mad Max he has one who could improve it further still. The lightly-raced eight-year-old arrived at Cheltenham in March unbeaten in four starts, only to find Grade One company a step too far in the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle. However, his form prior to that in beating Pause And Clause and Karabak stands up to close scrutiny, with the latter a live challenger for top staying hurdle honours, and his trainer has always thought of him as a chaser in the making. This won't be easy on debut, but he should have the speed for two miles and the ground won't be a problem so he's selected to get his career back on track. There is nothing between Mahonia and Fiendish Flame on hurdles ratings, but the former is selected to fill the forecast spot for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh. A faller on his only start over fences, the seven-year-old comes with risks attached, but he looked potentially smart at times over hurdles and he'll surely have been well schooled since that mishap at Plumpton. Fiendish Flame has a win and a second from two starts over the larger obstacles but has to concede weight all-round as a result. This return to two miles should suit Donald McCain's charge as he looked to be outstayed last time, and with that form in the book he'll rate a solid benchmark for the form. On hurdles ratings alone, Dee Ee Williams would probably be the one to beat here. However, Nick Gifford's gelding was beaten out of sight by the classy Punchestowns last time and in the process didn't look to be a natural over fences. He may also want a bit further than this so looks opposable here, as does Petito who is set to be outclassed against these. A fascinating contest in the making and we're hopeful Mad Max is good enough to make a winning debut over fences on his way to better things.