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Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase

The second race that takes place annually on Day Two of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse is The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase.

Offering two days of intense National Hunt horse racing, each featuring a thrilling 6-race card, The Christmas Festival is one of the most prestigious events on the British horse racing calendar.

The King George VI Chase, The Desert Orchid Chase and The Christmas Hurdle are just a few of the brilliant races that take place on this extraordinarily festive occasion.

The next Kempton Christmas Festival will take place on Sunday the 26th and Monday the 27th of December 2021. For all of The Kempton Christmas Festival’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase is a Grade 2, Class 1 National Hunt Great British Breeders steeplechase for novices that serves as the second race of the second day of The Christmas Festival every winter.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase runs precisely two miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of fences for the novices to jump.

The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase had a purse worth £32,000 last time out, which was split between the first four finishers in the following fashion:

1st place – 1/3 Shishkin (IRE) – £18,224

2nd place – 10/1 Tamaroc Du Mathan (FR) – £6,838

3rd place – 10/1 Elusive Belle (IRE) – £3,424

4th place – 6/1 Gumball (FR) – £1,706

The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase will begin at approximately 13:20 on Monday the 27th of December 2021.

Runners

Some excellent, proven great runners often participate in The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase on Desert Orchid Chase Day – competitors that often compete in prestigious races at the next Cheltenham Festival or Grand National Festival.

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):

  1. Gumball (FR) – fourth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
  2. Shishkin (IRE) – first-place finish – 1/3 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Tamaroc Du Mathan (FR) – second-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  4. Elusive Belle (IRE) – third-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Sean Waley-Cohen and trained by Nicky Henderson

The 2019 edition of this race also featured a small field of runners but was a much closer race. Here’s how they got on:

  1. Al Dancer (FR) – fourth-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  2. Editeur Du Gite (FR) – sixth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Joshua Moore and trained by Gary Moore
  3. Global Citizen (IRE) – first-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Ben Pauling
  4. Grand Sancy (FR) – third-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Rouge Vif (FR) – second-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington
  6. Fanion D’estruval (FR) – fifth-place finish – 6/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams

Tips

The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase, as well as all of the other exceptional races that feature on the fixture list of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse, provides the perfect opportunity to place some lucrative bets on some high-quality jump racing.

Don’t bet blindly though, as our team of professional, intelligent horse racing tipsters can offer you the greatest chance of profiting from these wonderful races.

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Odds

Odds for The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase last December at Kempton Park racecourse ranged from 1/3 for the race favourite Shishkin up to 10/1 for the joint least likely competitors Tamaroc Du Mathan and Elusive Belle.

The 2020 edition of The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase was won by Shishkin, who converted £100 outright backing stakes into £133 in returns, £33.33 in profits for those that had faith in the race favourite.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase on Desert Orchid Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last Christmas, on Desert Orchid Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse, 1/3 priced strong race favourite Shishkin finished first in The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

10/1 priced Tamaroc Du Mathan finished thirteen lengths behind Shishkin in second place, followed by equally priced Elusive Belle in third place and 6/1 priced second-favourite Gumball in fourth.

2019

Back at The Christmas Festival in 2019, The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase was won by 8/1 priced Global Citizen, ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Ben Pauling.

11/2 priced Rouge Vif finished a length and a half behind Global Citizen in second place, followed by equally priced Grand Sancy in third place and 11/4 priced second-favourite in fourth.

2018

Dynamite Dollars, the 3/1 priced second-favourite, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls, won The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase on Day Two of The Christmas Festival in 2018.

4/6 priced race favourite Kalashnikov finished a length and a quarter behind Dynamite Dollars in second place, followed by 14/1 priced Highway One O One in third place and 150/1 long outsider Hope’s Wishes in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, second-favourite Cyrname won The Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse with a starting price of 7/4, ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Paul Nicholls.

6/4 priced race favourite Shantou Rock finished seven lengths behind Cyrname in second place, followed by 9/4 priced third-favourite Tommy Silver in third place and 100/1 priced outsider Kostaquarta in fourth.

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