The first race that is run on Day Two, Desert Orchid Chase Day, at Kempton Park Racecourse for The Christmas Festival, is The Juvenile Hurdle Race.
This spectacular National Hunt horse racing event, which takes place over two days directly after Christmas, includes a total of 12 amazing jump races, including the King George VI Chase, The Desert Orchard Chase, and The Christmas Hurdle Race, among others.
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About The Race
The Juvenile Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt Great British Breeders Fund hurdle race for juveniles that serves as the opening race of Day Two at Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival.
Exclusively open to horses aged just three years old, The Juvenile Hurdle Race runs 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of hurdles for the young horses to jump.
Last December, the prize pool for The Juvenile Hurdle Race was £16,000, which was split between the first four finishers as follows:
1st place – 3/1 Heross Du Seuil (FR) – £10,010
2nd place – 5/2 Her Indoors (IRE) – £2,957
3rd place – 17/2 Ambassador (IRE) – £1,478
4th place – 50/1 Royaume Uni (IRE) – £739
The next edition of The Juvenile Hurdle Race will take place at around 12:45 on Monday the 27th of December 2021.
The Juvenile Hurdle Race is very well contested by the young runners every year, who get the day’s action off to a thrilling, flying start.
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):
- Alborkan (FR) – sixth-place finish – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Amy Murphy
- Ambassador (IRE) – third-place finish – 17/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Cloud Thunder (GB) – Ran off course – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Heather Main
- Heross Du Seuil (FR) – first-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Honneur D’ajonc (FR) – Fell – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Chester Williams and trained by Jane Williams
- Jalwan (USA) – Pulled Up – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey David Crosse and trained by Gary Moore
- More Than A Prince (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-12 – assigned jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Oisin Murphy
- Royaume Uni (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore
- Siroco Jo (FR) – Pulled Up – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Warranty (FR) – Carried Out – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington
- Her Indoors (IRE) – second-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-5 – ridden by jockey Adrian Heskin and trained by Alan King
- Sarceaux (FR) – fifth-place finish – 150/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-5 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Alexandra Dunn
- Sly Minx (GB) – seventh-place finish – 80/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-5 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Chris Gordon
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At the most recent edition of The Juvenile Hurdle Race last Christmas, odds ranged from 5/2 for the race favourite Her Indoors up to a generous 150/1 for the longest outsider Sarceaux who managed a fifth-place finish.
The 2020 edition of this race on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival was won by 3/1 priced Heross Su Seuil, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £40 in returns, £30 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Juvenile Hurdle Race on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The winner of The Juvenile Hurdle Race last time out at Kempton Park Racecourse for the first race of Day Two at The Christmas Festival was 3/1 priced second-favourite Heross Du Seuil, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
5/2 priced race favourite Her Indoors finished ten lengths behind Heross Du Seuil in second place, followed by 17/2 priced Ambassador in third place and 50/1 priced outsider Royaume Uni in fourth.
9/1 priced Rowland Ward, ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Stuart Edmunds, won The Juvenile Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse in December 2019.
10/3 priced second-favourite Thyme White finished a length and three-quarters behind Rowland Ward in second place, followed by 1/1 priced race favourite Homer in third place and 16/1 priced outsider Goa Lil in fourth.
On Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival in 2018, The Juvenile Hurdle Race was won by 25/1 priced outsider Beat The Judge, ridden by jockey Joshua Moore and trained by Gary Moore.
16/1 priced Chaparral Prince finished a length and a half behind Beat The Judge in second place, followed by 25/1 priced outsider Prabeni in third place and 7/4 priced race favourite Nebuchadnezzar in fourth.
Back in 2017 at Kempton Park Racecourse, The Juvenile Hurdle Race was won by 11/8 priced race favourite Redicean, ridden by jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King.
7/2 priced third-favourite Haulani finished ten lengths behind Redicean in second place, followed by 50/1 priced outsider King Cnut in third place and 2/1 priced second-favourite Salix in fourth.