Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo, 2m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £12,086 2nd £4,535 3rd £2,271 4th £1,132 5th £568 6th £284
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 57.70s
  • Off time: 13:55:38

Full Result

13:55 Kempton Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 10 Zarkandar (IRE) P F Nicholls 4 10-12 D A Jacob 8/1
SP 8/1 Settled in mid-division, smooth headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, quickened to lead approaching 2 out, stayed on strongly, impressive opened 15/2 touched 9/1
2nd 9 Molotof (FR) N J Henderson 4 10-12 B J Geraghty 3/1
SP 3/1 Held up in touch, headway after 3 out, soon chasing leaders, driven when every chance next, stayed on same pace opened 7/2 £2000-£500 £1200-£300 £1000-£300
3rd 15 5 Kumbeshwar A King 4 11-2 R Thornton 4/1
SP 4/1 Prominent, led 2nd, not fluent 3 out, headed approaching next, faded opened 9/2 £1500-£300
4th 2 Tonic Mellysse (FR) P F Nicholls 4 11-5 A P McCoy 11/4f
SP 11/4f Tracked leaders, effort 2 out, soon weakened opened 10/3 £1000-£300 £1800-£600
5th 10 8 Lava Lamp (GER) Evan Williams 4 10-12 Paul Moloney 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, lost place 4th, rallied approaching 2 out, soon no impression opened 66/1
6th 6 7 Aikideau (FR) R Rowe 4 10-12 L P Aspell 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up in rear, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, weakening when blundered last opened 10/1 touched 15/2
7th 26 6 Mr Muddle Miss S West 4 11-2 J Goldstein 12/1
SP 12/1 Led, mistake and headed 2nd, remained prominent, weakened approaching 3 out opened 14/1
8th 19 1 Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) Jennie Candlish 4 11-5 A O'keeffe 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon no impression opened 16/1
9th 6 4 Kazzene (USA) D Pipe 4 11-2 t1 J W Farrelly 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up towards rear, under pressure approaching 3 out, soon weakened opened 8/1
NR 3 First Fandango Tim Vaughan 4 11-2 R Johnson

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £9.70 Tote Place £3.20,£1.60,£2.10 Straight Forecast £33.32 Exacta £37.70 Trifecta £216.50 Swingers 1&2:£5.80 2&3:£3.60 1&3:£6.30

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


Nicky Henderson had two three of the last four renewals with Punjabi, Binocular and Soldatino but there didn't appear to be a lot of market confidence behind Molotof who wore owner Simon Munir's second colours. The market suggested that Tonic Mellysse was the pick of Paul Nicholls' pair but it was ZARKANDAR, a half-brother to the brilliant Zarkava, who made a winning debut over hurdles. He had worn blinkers on all three starts on the level in France, reportedly due to being coltish; he had been gelded and needed plenty of time off to recover whilst his trainer felt earlier in the year that he still had plenty of strengthening up to do. He was held-up in rear before moving through the field on the back straight, he was momentarily outpaced on the turn for home but jumped to the front at the second last and stayed on strongly to score - as befits a horse with form over one mile seven on the level - having jumped the last alongside Molotof. He will now head straight to the Triumph Hurdle and is well regarded by connections who had doubts about his ability to handle the conditions and feel that a faster surface will suit. Nicky Henderson had played down the chances of Molotof who needed this run to qualify for the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. He raced on the heels of the leaders throughout, was niggled along before the last two but moved up to challenge at the last and was just outstayed on an encouraging debut. He had already been rated 126 on the back of his two runs at Pau and could be towards the top of the weights at the Festival following this performance but looks to have a future. Kumbeshwar was having his second run in a week and deserves credit for keeping on for third. Robert Thornton wasn't happy with the early gallop so took up the lead and set a decent pace, having been held up on his two previous starts. Kumbeshwar stayed on well and looks a real galloper, it isn't difficult to envisage him proving effective in the Fred Winter granted a stronger pace and better ground. Tonic Mellysse weakened out of contention after the second last having travelled and jumped well prior to that, shaping as though the run was needed and he can be expected to improve. Aikideau had finished behind Tonic Mellysse on his sole start in France; he showed ability and can improve for the run. Lamp won over a stiff two miles on the Flat and will be better suited by a stiffer test once handicapping. Kazzene was one of the first beaten; he had worn cheekpieces when making a winning hurdling bow over course and distance and the headgear is likely to be reapplied following this reluctant display.