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Kempton Park

  • 14:40 Betbright Mobile Pendil Novices' Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Grade 2) £30,500 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £17,370 2nd £6,518 3rd £3,264 4th £1,626
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 12.43s
  • Off time: 14:40:19

Full result

14:40 Kempton Park Result 22nd February 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Balder Succes (FR) 11-7 Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 9/4
Disputed close 3rd, outright 3rd at 8th, went 2nd 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, asserted at the last, stayed on well flat, ridden out opened 2/1 touched 9/4 £1000-£500
2nd God's Own (IRE) 11-0 P J Brennan T R George 6 6/1
Disputed close 3rd, hung left on bend after 7th, dropped to 4th at 8th, stayed chasing leaders, jumped slowly and pecked 4 out, went 3rd before jumped right 2 out, switched left approaching last, stayed on flat, almost snatched 2nd opened 8/1 touched 8/1
3rd nse Fox Appeal (IRE) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss E C Lavelle 7 5/4f
Chased leader, hit 6th, challenged 11th, led 3 out, ridden and narrowly headed 2 out, chased winner and every chance until the last, stayed on same pace flat, just held on for 2nd opened 11/8 touched 6/4 £1200-£800 £600-£400
4th 18 Dark Lover (GER) 11-7 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 9 10/1
Held up in close 5th, bumped on bend after 7th, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, no chance after, went modest 4th towards finish opened 10/1 touched 11/1
5th 1 Loose Chips 11-4 N D Fehily C E Longsdon 8 7/1
Led, headed 3 out, soon dropped to 3rd and ridden, weakened to 4th before next, lost 4th towards finish opened 15/2 touched 8/1
PU Tchang Goon (FR) 11-0 Mr H G Miller Miss Z C Davison 10 250/1
Jumped left throughout, in rear, pushed along and struggling after 7th, lost touch 9th, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out opened 200/1 touched 250/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.60,£2.80
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.80 2&3:£1.80 1&3:£1.10

Jackpot: £7,551.30, Pool: £53178.64, 5.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £19.50, Pool: £173826.55, 6505.47 winning tickets
Quadpot: £13.70, Pool: £8446.45, 453.25 winning tickets


Neither of the main market protagonists are expected to head for Cheltenham with the two and a half mile novice chase at Aintree deemed more suitable for Fox Appeal and BALDER SUCCES' owners keener on Liverpool and Punchestown. The former was supported into favouritism with this step back up in distance expected to help after he had dropped back in trip at Doncaster. He didn't quite fire as he had done earlier in the season though and didn't stay on as well as might have been anticipated; perhaps he can recapture his zest in the spring. That's not to say that Balder Succes wasn't a worthy winner and connections were confident that the Kingmaker winner would see out this longer trip and he did so well. This victory opens up more options for the Kingmaker winner who is versatile with regard to underfoot conditions and he would have to be feared in the remaining top novice races for all that he still has a little to prove/find with the best in this division. The proximity of the 137 rated God's Own is the one negative for the form but Tom George's charge was having just his third start over fences and improved markedly for stepping up in trip and racing right-handed having looked ill at ease at Doncaster on both previous outings over the larger obstacles. Splitting a pair of 150+ rated rivals will have done little for his handicap mark for all that he was receiving weight and he will have to maintain his progression if he's to remain a step ahead of the assessor. Cheekpieces failed to re-ignite Dark Lover who has entries in a couple of the handicaps at Cheltenham but he has been described as best when fresh in the past so it is a little surprising that he's had three starts since the New Year; he remains a capable performer on his day and could be attractively weighted if dropped further in the handicap for this run. Loose Chips had won all three completed starts at this track over hurdles but was found out in this better race.