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Kempton Park

  • 14:35 williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 57.10s
  • Off time: 14:35:26

Full result

14:35 Kempton Park Result 26th December 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st My Tent Or Yours (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy N J Henderson 6 11/8
Took keen hold in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leader, stayed on well to lead after last, driven out opened 5/4 touched 6/4 £1500-£1000
2nd ½ The New One (IRE) 11-7 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 5 5/6f
Tracked leader, led 3 out, quickened after next, blundered last, headed closing stages, no extra opened 10/11 touched 10/11 £2000-£2000 £1500-£1500 £1000-£1100(x3)
3rd 28 Sametegal (FR) 11-7 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 4 12/1
Chased leaders, effort when mistake 3 out, soon hard driven, stayed on to go modest 3rd after next, never able to challenge opened 16/1 touched 16/1
4th 6 Duke Of Navan (IRE) 11-7 B P Harding N G Richards 5 50/1
Led until 3 out, weakened before next, modest 4th opened 50/1 touched 50/1
5th 8 Grumeti 11-7 R Thornton A King 5 16/1
Chased leaders, hard driven 3 out, soon lost place opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£500
6th 60 Chapel House 11-7 Tom Cheesman R C Harper 10 100/1
Always in rear, weakened 4 out, soon tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.20,£1.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.02 2&3:£2.30 1&3:£1.70

Jackpot: £26,939.88 carried forward to Kempton Park, 27th Dec
Placepot: £2,951.60, Pool: £259645.6, 64.21 winning tickets
Quadpot: £23.00, Pool: £19844.45, 635.86 winning tickets

Verdict

A terrific race on paper and one that didn't disappoint on the track either with MY TENT OR YOURS just getting the better of The New One but that result may well have been the other way around if the latter hadn't clattered the last, causing his rider to lose an iron which he was unable to get back until after the line. There was a reasonable pace granted the conditions and the winner again settled well for Tony McCoy who was content to keep his market rival in his sights for the majority of the race. Taking closer order turning into the straight, he appeared to be struggling to get past The New One until that one's mistake at the last handed him the momentum although, in fairness, he hadn't shirked the issue and had been clinging to The New One's coattails and gained due reward for his tenacity. The New One rather dived at the last as he had at Cheltenham on his previous start and it's possible that he just loses his concentration when out in front; it wouldn't surprise to see Sam Twiston-Davies leave his challenge until after the last in the Champion Hurdle where there should be other rivals both willing and capable of taking him that far in a race. He did practically everything else right, quickening off the turn to run the finish out of his rival and still nearly pulled it out of the fire despite his error at the last and defeat did nothing to dampen enthusiasm for his claims in the Champion Hurdle. The pair pulled a long way clear of Sametegal who had gone down narrowly in the Greatwood under a big weight on his preceding start; he performed adequately again to pick up another decent purse. The four year old had to prove himself on a surface as testing as this and didn't seem entirely at home on the ground but still plugged on to be best of the rest. A return to handicapping remains a feasible option while he may have done enough to earn a short break and return when the ground has dried out in the spring. Duke Of Navan was the sacrificial lamb in the absence of a confirmed front-runner and finished fully 20 lengths further behind the winner than he had at Newcastle when held-up; connections are presumably biding their time with him until going over fences. Grumeti had finished fourth in that race at Newcastle (the Fighting Fifth) and had been expected to improve for that reappearance run. It's possible that the ground could have been an issue while several runners from his stable have been suffering from a low level virus but either way he was beaten too far out to believe that he gave his true running.