The Class 4 Handicap Chase, which takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse every October, is the sixth race of Kempton’s Jump Sunday meeting.
Every October, Kempton Park’s inaugural National Hunt meeting of the season, Jump Sunday, hosts a spectacular single-day seven-race card, with the Class 1 Hurdle Race serving as the event’s most lucrative highlight race following a summer of excellent flat racing.
Races can be held at Kempton Park Racecourse all year thanks to the racecourse’s state-of-the-art all-weather circuit, so local horse racing fans in Surrey and London never have to wait long for the next live high-octane meeting.
On Sunday the 19th of October 2021, Kempton Park Racecourse will host Jump Sunday once again. For all of The Kempton Jump Sunday news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.
About The Race
The Class 4 Handicap Chase is a Class 4 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the penultimate race of Jump Sunday every year at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Class 4 Handicap Chase is the longest race of the meeting at 3 miles in length and features a number of fences that the runners will have to jump.
The race participants fought for a share of an £8,035 prize pool last time out, which was split accordingly between the first four race finishers:
1st place – 3/1 Pontresina (IRE) – £4,289
2nd place – 28/1 Mortens Leam (GB) – £1,259
3rd place – 8/1 Raven’s Tower (USA) – £630
4th place – 9/2 Top Decision (IRE) – £350
The Class 4 Handicap Chase is scheduled to begin at around 16:07 on Sunday the 19th of October 2021.
It’s never easy to follow the day’s featured race, yet those that contest The Class 4 Handicap Chase on Jump Sunday at Kempton Park Racecourse consistently maintain the electrifying atmosphere that The Class 1 Hurdle Race creates.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s Jump Sunday meeting at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in October 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Mortens Leam (GB) – second-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Nick Scholfield and trained by Michael Hawker
- Poker School (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Charlie Todd and trained by Ian Williams
- Mr Mafia (IRE) – Pulled Up – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey James Best and trained by Martin Keighley
- Pontresina (IRE) – first-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-11 – ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Oliver Sherwood
- Nightline (GB) – fifth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Paul O’Brien and trained by Charlie Longsdon
- Top Up The Fashion (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Charlie Mann
- Raven’s Tower (USA) – third-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Ben Pauling
- Big Difference (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-0 – assigned jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Ben Pauling
- Top Decision (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Samuel Drinkwater
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Odds for The Class 4 Handicap Chase last time out ranged from 3/1 for the race favourite Pontresina up to 28/1 for the longest outsider Mortens Leam who managed a second-place finish.
In 2020, it was the race favourite Pontresina that took home the first-place prize, converting £10 outright backing stakes into £40 in returns, £30 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Class 4 Handicap Chase at Kempton Park’s Jump Sunday Race Day, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
At Kempton Park Racecourse in 2020, the winner of The Class 4 Handicap Chase on Jump Sunday was 3/1 priced race favourite Pontresina, ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Oliver Sherwood.
28/1 priced outsider Mortens Leam finished just three-quarters of a length behind Pontresina in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Raven’s Tower in third place and 9/2 priced Top Decision in fourth.
9/2 priced Vendredi Trois, ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Emma Lavelle, won The Class 4 Handicap Chase on Jump Sunday at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2019.
20/1 priced outsider Fr Humphrey finished just a nose behind Vendredi Trois in second place, followed by 7/2 priced second-favourite Guerrilla Tactics in third place and 11/2 priced Net De Treve in fourth.
On Jump Sunday in 2018, the winner of The Class 4 Handicap Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse was 16/1 priced outsider Elkstone, ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Caroline Bailey.
9/4 priced second-favourite One Of Us finished four and a half lengths behind Elkstone in second place, followed by 15/8 priced race favourite Baron Du Plessis in third place and 10/1 priced Closest Friend in fourth.
Ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, 11/4 priced joint race favourite Better Days won The Class 4 Handicap Chase at Kempton Park’s Jump Sunday in 2017.
8/1 priced Heroes Or Ghosts finished a length and three-quarters behind Better Days in second place, followed by 11/4 priced joint race favourite Ramore Will in third place and 7/2 priced second-favourite Fight Commander in fourth.