Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo, 2m, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 59.66s
  • Off time: 14:06:19

Full Result

14:05 Kempton Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 5 Activial (FR) H Fry 4 10-12 N D Fehily 9/4f
SP 9/4f Tracked leading pair, went 2nd travelling well soon after 2 out, led between last 2, ridden and stayed on strongly to forge clear flat opened 2/1 touched 5/2 £2250-£1000 £900-£400 £1000-£500
2nd 8 Commissioned (IRE) J P Ferguson 4 10-12 b1 D F O'Regan 4/1
SP 4/1 Held up in last trio, steady headway on inside approaching 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, switched left approaching last, went 2nd last, ridden and no impression when hung left under pressure flat, no chance with winner opened 9/2
3rd 2 Solar Impulse (FR) P F Nicholls 4 11-5 t1 D Cottin 9/2
SP 9/2 Led and set good pace, went left 4 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no impression when dropped to 3rd approaching last opened 8/1 £3000-£400
4th 7 Alcala (FR) P F Nicholls 4 10-12 D A Jacob 7/2
SP 7/2 Held up in touch, closer order and pushed along after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, went 4th and stayed on same pace between last 2 opened 4/1
5th 1 4 Goodwood Mirage (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 4 11-2 h A P McCoy 8/1
SP 8/1 Tended to jump left, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway on outside when went left 2 out, soon one pace, 5th and no impression when went left again last
6th 5 3 Fitzwilly M R Channon 4 11-2 W T Kennedy 33/1
SP 33/1 Pressed leader, challenged 4 out, ridden and lost 2nd soon after 2 out, weakened before last opened 28/1
7th 8 6 Agreement (IRE) Miss R Curtis 4 10-12 B J Geraghty 16/1
SP 16/1 Chased leading trio, mistake 3 out, pushed along and weakened before next opened 14/1
8th 27 1 Duroble Man A King 4 11-5 R Thornton 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up in last pair, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.30 Tote Place £1.10,£2.00,£2.00 Straight Forecast £11.80 Exacta £10.00 Trifecta £70.00 Swingers 1&2:£3.30 2&3:£4.20 1&3:£3.20

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


A race that has had a habit of throwing up Triumph Hurdle contenders (and winners) in recent years and ACTIVIAL could be a live player in that race if connections opt to head there but Harry Fry suggested that he was more of a horse for Aintree some months ago and reiterated that view after the race. He still holds an entry, however, and temptation may well get the better of connections of this promising youngster who did everything that they had suggested he was capable of. He'd been given plenty of time since chasing home Calipto on his British debut in November but was clearly pretty straight for this return and step up in grade. He settled well off the modest pace, jumped very cleanly and proved tractable through the race before staying on strongly to win in good fashion. There is some mileage in his Triumph price of 12/1 with several firms going non-runner, no bet or money back for the Festival. There was a market move for Solar Impulse, a beaten favourite in the Grade One Finale Hurdle on debut for the yard, who was wearing a tongue tie for the first time. He took the field along and had one or two rivals in trouble when quickening off the home turn and kept on well enough. This relative of Halley and Blue Fashion (now with Nicky Henderson), who have both shown a decent level of form in France, is reported to be on course for the Fred Winter but he already looks in need of a stiffer test and, although a likely strong pace and stiffer finish may help, others may be better handicapped. Stablemate Alcala was relatively easy to back ahead of his British debut but shaped with some promise for the future. Connections have pitched similar prospects in at a high level in the past with the view that it's not worth losing their novice status for a small purse and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them adopt a similar policy with this fellow. The well-bred Agreement may also return as a novice next season but that isn't an option for Goodwood Mirage who ran more encouragingly than he had in the mud at Cheltenham and, possibly, a little better than his finishing position suggests. He could still do with dropping the bit and his run rather flattened out in the closing stages but this was a step back in the right direction and better ground again should suit. He had been talked of as a Triumph horse but he will surely be given a mark that would make him of interest in the Fred Winter should connections go down that route although his ability to get up the hill would be a question mark. Commissioned is still a novice and was fitted with blinkers following his debut in a trial at Cheltenham in December. He posted another solid performance but never looked like troubling the smart winner and winning an average novice should prove to be a formality.