The Handicap Hurdle Race is the sixth race that takes place on Day Two, Desert Orchid Chase Day, at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival every December.
The Christmas Festival, which takes place every December and features 12 exciting races over two festive days, is one of the most awaited meetings on the National Hunt racing calendar.
The King George VI Chase, the second most prestigious steeplechase in British horse racing, The Desert Orchid Chase, The Christmas Hurdle, and several other exciting races are among the fixtures on the two six-race cards.
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About The Race
The Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 3 National Hunt hurdle race that serves as the final race of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse every year.
Open to horses aged as young as three years old and above, The Handicap Hurdle Race runs just 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of high hurdles for the participants to jump.
The runners fought for a share of a £16,400 prize pool last time out, which was shared accordingly between the first four runners:
1st place – 5/2 Cadzand (IRE) – £9,747
2nd place – 11/1 Christopher Wood (IRE) – £2,862
3rd place – 6/1 Torigni (FR) – £1,431
4th place – 4/1 The Bees Knees (IRE) – £716
The Handicap Hurdle Race will commence at around 15:40 on Monday the 27th of December 2021.
The runners that participate in The Handicap Hurdle Race at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival every year consistently provide an excellent finale to the day’s action, leaving a lasting impression on those that made the trip to Surrey to witness history in the making.
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):
- Christopher Wood (IRE) – second-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-13 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Sternrubin (GER) – tenth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
- Hang In There (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Emma Lavelle
- Dino Velvet (FR) – seventh-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Adrian Heskin and trained by Alan King
- Torigni (FR) – third-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Harry Whittington
- Faro De Kerser (FR) – Fell – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Tom George
- River Bray (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Victor Dartnall
- Cadzand (IRE) – first-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- The Bees Knees (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Max Kendrick and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Crooks Peak (GB) – eleventh-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey David England and trained by Dan Skelton
- Magic Dancer (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Conor Brassil and trained by Kerry Lee
- Eddiemaurice (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Robert Dunne and trained by John Flint
- Always Resolute (GB) – ninth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey David Crosse and trained by Ian Williams
- Vision Clear (GER) – Pulled Up – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore
- Sorbet (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-0 – assigned jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Lucy Wadham
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Last Christmas, odds for The Handicap Hurdle Race ranged from 5/2 for the race favourite Cadzand up to 66/1 for the longest outsider Always Resolute.
The 2020 edition of this race was won by the 5/2 priced race favourite Cadzand, who converted £10 outright betting stakes into £35 in returns, £25 in profits for the punters that backed him.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Handicap Hurdle Race on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The winner of The Handicap Hurdle Race last time out at Kempton Park Racecourse was 5/2 priced race favourite Cadzand, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
11/1 priced Christopher Wood finished three and a quarter lengths behind Cadzand in second place, followed by 6/1 priced Torigni in third place and 4/1 priced second-favourite The Bees Knees in fourth.
12/1 priced Miranda, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls, finished first in The Handicap Hurdle Race at The Christmas Festival in 2019.
5/4 priced race favourite Elusive Belle finished four lengths behind Miranda in second place, followed by 5/1 priced Eddiemaurice in third place and 20/1 priced outsider Beltor in fourth.
Back in 2018 at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival, The Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 9/1 priced Eddiemaurice, ridden by jockey Nick Scholfield and trained by John Flint.
16/1 priced Unison finished three lengths behind Eddiemaurice in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Maquisard in third place and 11/1 priced Jacbequick in fourth.
On Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival in 2017, The Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 11/4 priced race favourite Kayf Grace, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
7/1 priced Eddiemaurice finished a length and a half behind Kayf Grace in second place, followed by 5/1 priced third-favourite Azzerti in third place and 13/2 priced Chatez in fourth.