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Kempton Park

  • 14:25 Racing Post Weekender Pendil Novices' Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Grade 2) £23,400 added 5yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner £13,340 2nd £5,005 3rd £2,506 4th £1,250
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 18.90s
  • Off time: 14:25:16

Full result

14:25 Kempton Park Result 26th February 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Captain Chris (IRE) 11-0 R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 2/5f
Tracked leader, jumped well, led 7th, clear approaching last, ran on well, impressive opened 2/5 touched 2/5 £400-£1000(x3)
2nd 13 Adams Island (IRE) 11-4 A P McCoy Miss R Curtis 7 11/2
Led until 7th, remained prominent, driven to challenge 2 out, soon every chance, weakened approaching last opened 13/2 touched 13/2
3rd 39 American Trilogy (IRE) 11-0 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 7 9/2
Tracked leaders, jumped left throughout, weakened before 3 out opened 4/1 touched 9/2
NR Kerada (FR) 10-11 Non Runner N J Henderson 7 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £15,068.18 carried forward to Fontwell Park, 27th Feb
Placepot: £274.10, Pool: £162742.52, 433.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £134.10, Pool: £9556.43, 52.7 winning tickets


CAPTAIN CHRIS won as he was entitled to although it's hard to know what to make of this performance with his main rival failing to run his race. Connections will certainly be pleased to have seen their highly rated seven year old gain a first success over fences having played second fiddle to the two market leaders for the Arkle on all three starts but he still didn't entirely convince with his jumping. He was very good at some obstacles, particularly when ridden into them by Richard Johnson, and flew the last but he also put in an extra stride and got in close to a couple of fences and looked a bit guessy at a few more. He may well be better suited by a faster run race and better ground (race times suggested that the rain had got into the ground) and remains a real talent but won't be able to afford any mistakes in a Championship race. Adams Island has shown his best form at around three miles and was always going to struggle over this trip in this company; he ran as well as can have been expected and picked up a decent prize. American Trilogy had impressed in a competitive but significantly weaker race over course and distance last time despite jumping out to the left. The rain would have been against him and he had plenty to find with Captain Chris but this was disappointing and he almost looked like refusing at the third last when running right down the fence. He will surely have a run on a left-handed track now and hasn't finished out of the frame in four starts over hurdles at Aintree and Cheltenham.