Kempton Park

  • 15:40 Dovecote Novices' Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £12,073 2nd £4,530 3rd £2,268 4th £1,130
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 58.50s
  • Off time: 15:40:20
15:40 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grumeti 4/9
2nd Dodging Bullets 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4-642 Royal blue and yellow check, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap Crescent Beach (IRE) 50
5 11-2 Jennie Candlish A O'keeffe 40/141.00
3 75 Yellow, Red seams, Red cap Nazreef 34
5 11-2 t H Morrison Hadden Frost 50/151.00
4 1F1 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Grumeti 28
Beaten Favourite
4 11-0 A King R Thornton 143 4/91.44
5 Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap Terre Du Vent (FR) 105
6 10-9 T R George P J Brennan 11/26.50
6 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 193
4 10-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 9/25.50
7 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Zarzal (IRE) 10
4 10-7 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 33/134.00
Non runners
2111-22Keys (IRE)511-2N J HendersonB J Geraghty


GRUMETI tackles this Grade 2 contest rather than the opening juvenile hurdle and can stay on track for the Triumph Hurdle with another victory. He needed the stewards' intervention to take the lion's share of the prize money at Cheltenham last time but that form has a very solid look about it and Alan King's charge would have been unbeaten over timber had he not fallen when going clear at Newbury previously. Keys was surprisingly outpaced by Super Duty at Ascot last week and is in danger of becoming disappointing. The drop back to 2m is probably in his favour but he may have to settle for a place again. Flat winners Dodging Bullets and Terre Du Vent should be placed to good effect soon but this is a tough start.