Kempton Park

  • 13:00 Calverts Carpets Novices' Hurdle 2m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 18.20s
  • Off time: 13:01:11
13:00 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Riverside Theatre 10/11
2nd Hector's Choice (FR) 3/1
3rd Shipboard Romance (IRE) 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 12144 WHITE, RED braces, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star Hector's Choice (FR) 27
Distance Winner
5 11-11 P J Hobbs R Johnson 133 3/14.00
2 P2-3P44 red and yellow diamonds, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Balableu (FR) 29
7 11-4 P Bull D Crosse 100/1101.00
3 06 RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Dehanom 9
5 11-4 D Pipe Mr D R Cook (5) 100/1101.00
4 F-806 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Farmers Cross (IRE) 11
5 11-4 P J Hobbs A Thornton 100/1101.00
5 0 Dark Blue and White check, Red and White striped sleeves, White cap, Dark Blue star Lunces Lad (IRE) 40
5 11-4 G Brown R Greene 200/1201.00
6 06 Emerald Green and Purple stripes, Purple sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Emerald Green cap, Purple stars Marchand D'argent (FR) 27
6 11-4 P J Hobbs D P O'Dwyer (5) 33/134.00
7 08-90 Royal Blue, Chocolate and Red hoops, White cap Owlsley 40
7 11-4 J A B Old J M Maguire 100/1101.00
8 6070F Emerald Green, White hoops, White sleeves, Emerald Green spots Peacefull Waters (IRE) 9
6 11-4 N P Mulholland Mr J Derham (7) 100/1101.00
9 Violet Phoenix Ice (IRE) 101
5 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 12/113.00
10 13-12 Red and White diamonds, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Riverside Theatre 59
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 10/111.91
11 4-04 BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Alflora Dora 31
5 10-11 A King R Thornton 33/134.00
12 747-87 Yellow, Purple Cross of Lorraine Allfortara (IRE) 27
5 10-11 B G Powell K Renwick 33/134.00
13 Emerald green, white cross of lorraine, armlets and cap Tecktal (FR) 20
6 10-11 P Phelan C Bolger 100/1101.00
14 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Al Amaan 128
4 10-7 t1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 6/17.00
15 72 Pink and Royal Blue check, White sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Pink star Rockjumper 16
4 10-7 Mrs L Hill Christian Williams 66/167.00
16 438349 Purple, Yellow star, Yellow sleeves and stars on cap Shipboard Romance (IRE) 24
4 10-0 t K J Burke Miss L Horner (5) 100 40/141.00

Verdict

Hector's Choice could struggle to concede weight to the likes of Riverside Theatre and AL AMAAN. Riverside Theatre won his bumper here and Nicky Henderson is enjoying such a fine season and the King's Theatre gelding should improve on the form of his hurdling debut at Newbury so he must be feared. That run was not a bad effort in itself as the winner, Copper Bleu, is distinctly useful and the form of his efforts in bumpers stacks up well. The main concern would be that his wins have come on good ground but he appeared to handle cut well enough when an eight length third to Diamond Harry at Newbury. Hector's Choice began his season with a couple of decent efforts but his form has rather flattened out and he has something to prove after a lacklustre effort at Taunton but he shouldn't be written off yet as he still holds some decent entries and has time on his side. Phoenix Ice was rated as high as ninety two on the Flat in Ireland and is an interesting contender although his stamina is far from guaranteed; the market may provide the best guide to his chances of making a winning start to his hurdling career. Alflora Dora showed ability on debut but has disappointed in two subsequent runs in bumpers and will need to improve for the switch to hurdling to make an impact but it's reasonable to expect a bold display from Al Amaan. He represents top connections, was a winner for John Hammond in France, sold for 140,000 guineas and Al Amaan should go close at the first time of asking.