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The Christmas Hurdle

The fourth race that will take place on King George VI Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse during The Christmas festival will be The Christmas Hurdle Race.

The Christmas Festival, which takes place over two days and features world-class jump racing, is an exceptional National Hunt meeting that includes the likes of The King George VI Chase, the Desert Orchid Chase, and the Christmas Hurdle Race.

The King George VI Chase, which Kauto Star has won five times with Ruby Walsh at the helm, is widely regarded as Britain’s second most prestigious steeplechase, second only to the Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place in March.

The Christmas Festival 2021 is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 26th and Monday the 27th of December this winter. 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 Christmas Hurdle Race is a Grade 1, Class 1 National Hunt Great British Breeders Fund hurdle race that serves as the fourth race of The Christmas Festival’s King George VI Chase Day every year.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Christmas Hurdle Race runs just 2 miles of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a small number of high hurdles for the runners to navigate.

A very generous purse worth £105,000 was split between the first four finishers last time out in the following manner:

1st place – 13/2 Silver Streak (IRE) – £59,798

2nd place – 1/5 Epatante (FR) – £22,438

3rd place – 16/1 Ballyandy (GB) – £11,235

4th place – 22/1 Floressa (FR) – £5,596

The Christmas Hurdle Race is scheduled to commence at around 14:25 on Sunday the 26th of December 2021.

Runners

Not many runners participated in The Christmas Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse last winter, but those that did put on a breathtaking show for the many fans watching via their favourite streaming platforms and betting sites.

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. Ballyandy (GB) – third-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  2. Diego Du Charmil (FR) – fifth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  3. Silver Streak (IRE) – first-place finish – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
  4. Epatante (FR) – second-place finish – 1/5 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Nicky Henderson
  5. Floressa (FR) – fourth-place finish – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson

Tips

The races that feature on the fixture list of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse every year are some of the best horse races to wager on.

If you’re not sure who to back in the likes of The Christmas Hurdle, King George VI Chase or The Desert Orchid Chase this Christmas, trust the knowledgeable, in-depth and well-researched betting tips from our team of professional Kempton Park tipsters.

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Odds

Odds on the runners in The Christmas Hurdle Race last December ranged from 1/5 for the strong race favourite Epatante up to 50/1 for the longest outsider Diego Du Charmil.

It wasn’t the all-but-guaranteed favourite that took the first-place prize though. Instead, it was 13/2 priced second favourite Silver Streak that won the race, turning £10 outright backing stakes into £75 in returns, £65 in profits for those that backed him.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Christmas Hurdle Race on King George VI Chase Day at The Christmas Festival, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Silver Streak, ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams, finished first in The Christmas Hurdle Race last December at Kempton Park Racecourse with a starting price of 13/2.

1/5 priced strong race favourite Epatante finished six and a half lengths behind Silver Streak in second place, followed by 16/1 priced Ballyandy in third place and 22/1 priced outsider Floressa in fourth.

2019

On Day One of Kempton Park’s Christmas Festival in 2019, The Christmas Hurdle Race was won by 2/1 priced joint race favourite Epatante, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

11/1 priced Silver Streak finished five lengths behind Epatante in second place, followed by 14/1 priced Ballyandy in third place and 7/1 priced Verdana Blue in fourth.

2018

Ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson, 11/2 priced second-favourite Verdana Blue finished first in The Christmas Hurdle Race on King George VI Chase Day at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2018.

1/4 priced strong race favourite Buveur D’Air finished just a short head behind Verdana Blue in second place, followed by 7/1 priced If The Cap Fits in third place and 11/1 priced Global Citizen in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, the winner of The Christmas Hurdle Race on Day One of The Christmas Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse was 2/11 priced strong race favourite Buveur D’Air, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

5/1 priced second favourite The New One finished two and a quarter lengths behind Buveur D’Air in second place, followed by 20/1 priced Moyaayed in third place and 33/1 priced Chesterfield in fourth.

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