Kempton Park

  • 14:35 Christmas Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £48,408 2nd £18,164 3rd £9,095 4th £4,530
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 15.80s
  • Off time: 14:36:00
14:35 Kempton Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Darlan 3/1
2nd Raya Star (IRE) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 21111-2 Black, emerald green chevrons on sleeves Cinders And Ashes 25
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 151 11/26.50
2 12312-1 Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Countrywide Flame 25
Distance Winner
4 11-7 J J Quinn D F O'Regan 158 6/42.50
3 111F21- Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Darlan 257
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 151 3/14.00
4 246-11 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 40
Distance Winner
4 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 150 8/19.00
5 2221-14 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 32
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-7 t Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 159 25/126.00
7 242190/ Grey, Pink epaulets, quartered cap Punjabi 978
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 145 14/115.00
8 1301-12 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Raya Star (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
6 11-7 A King R Thornton 155 8/19.00
Non runners
681-R304Mad Moose (IRE)811-7N A Twiston-DaviesN D Fehily139


Nicky Henderson's runners in this Grade 1 always warrant respect and he's double-handed this year. Punjabi returns from a lengthy absence but it would be no surprise to see the former champion hurdler go well against younger rivals and he's unlikely to arrive here undercooked. But we prefer stablemate DARLAN to lay down a marker for Cheltenham in March by making a successful reappearance as you could argue that he didn't get the run of the race when only second to Cinders And Ashes in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last season and the rest of his form was out of the top drawer. Cinders And Ashes was firmly put in his place by the ultra-tough Countrywide Flame in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and, though likely to be fitter here, may struggle to reverse that form while this is easily Dodging Bullets' toughest task to date. Get Me Out Here is arguably better over further and handicapper Raya Star may be a little out of his depth, though not as much as Mad Moose.