The fifth race that takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse on Day Two of The Christmas festival every year is The Handicap Chase.
Offering 12 spectacular races across two festive days every December, The Christmas Festival is one of the most highly-anticipated meetings on the National Hunt racing calendar.
Included on the two six-race cards are the likes of The King George VI Chase, the second most prestigious steeplechase in British horse racing, The Desert Orchid Chase, The Christmas Hurdle and many more wonderful races.
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About The Race
The Handicap Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the penultimate race of Desert Orchid Chase Day at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival every year.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Handicap Chase runs exactly 3 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of fences for the participating horses and jockeys to manoeuvre.
The most recent edition of The Handicap Chase, last December, offered a purse worth £40,000 to its placing runners. Here’s how that prize pool was split between the first four finishers:
1st place – 9/2 Royale Pagaille (FR) – £25,024
2nd place – 6/1 Cap Du Nord (FR) – £7,392
3rd place – 14/1 Double Shuffle (IRE) – £3,696
4th place – 6/1 Mellow Ben (IRE) – £1,848
Beginning at around 15:05 on Monday the 27th of December 2021 will be The Christmas Festival’s Handicap Chase.
The Handicap Chase usually features a fairly large field of runners, all of which will be looking to do everything they can to take home a share of this race’s generous prize pool.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Crievehill (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Jordan Nailor and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Commanche Red (IRE) – Pulled Up – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Chris Gordon
- Double Shuffle (IRE) – third-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Tom George
- Adrien Du Pont (FR) – fifth-place finish – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Royale Pagaille (FR) – first-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams
- Soupy Soups (IRE) – Pulled Up – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Robert Dunne and trained by Neil Mulholland
- Darlac (FR) – Pulled Up – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard
- The Kings Writ (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Joshua Newman and trained by Kayley Woollacott
- Erick Le Rouge (FR) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – assigned jockey Chester Williams and trained by Jane Williams
- Manofthemountain (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – assigned jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Emma Lavelle
- Mellow Ben (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Chris Gordon
- Cap Du Nord (FR) – second-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Christian Williams
- Shantou Village (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Neil Mulholland
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Odds for the most recent edition of The Handicap Chase ranged from 9/2 for the race favourite Royale Pagaille up to 33/1 for the longest outsider Soupy Soups.
This edition of the race was in fact won by the race favourite, Royale Pagaille, who converted £10 outright betting stakes into £55 in returns, £45 in profits for those that backed the race favourite.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Handicap Chase on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
9/2 priced Royale Pagaille, ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams, won The Handicap Chase at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival last year.
6/1 priced Cap Du Nord finished three and a quarter lengths behind Royale Pagaille in second place, followed by 14/1 priced Double Shuffle in third place and 6/1 priced Mellow Ben in fourth.
On Day Two of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2019, The Handicap Chase was won by 9/2 priced second-favourite Just A Sting, ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry.
7/1 priced Quarenta finished just a head behind Just A Sting in second place, followed by equally priced Highway One O One in third place and 13/2 priced Sametegal in fourth.
At Kempton Park Racecourse in 2018, 9/2 priced Adrien Du Pont, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls, finished first in The Handicap Chase on Desert Orchid Chase Day during The Christmas Festival.
10/3 priced race favourite Just A Sting finished three and a half lengths behind Adrien Du Pont in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Wandrin Star in third place and 11/4 priced second-favourite Springtown Lake in fourth.
Back in 2017, the winner of The Handicap Chase on Day Two of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse was 7/2 priced second-favourite Tintern Theatre, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
9/2 priced Pilgrims Bay finished two and three-quarter lengths behind Tintern Theatre in second place, followed by 9/4 priced race favourite Brandon Hill in third place and 4/1 priced Holly Bush Henry in fourth.