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Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle

The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race is the third race that takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse for The May Bank Holiday Raceday every year.

The May Bank Holiday Raceday is an exciting day of National Hunt horse racing that takes place on the first Monday in May every year and features a glorious seven-race card, including the most valuable race, The VIP Handicap Chase, at 16:40.

The May Bank Holiday Raceday at Kempton Park Racecourse is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 3rd, 2021. For all of The May Bank Holiday Raceday’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race is a Class 4 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that serves as the third race of The May Bank Holiday Raceday at Kempton Down Racecourse every Spring.

Horses aged four years old and above can contest The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race, which is the longest race of The May Bank Holiday Raceday, spanning 3 miles and 110 yards of Kempton Park Racecourse and featuring a number of hurdles for the novice participants to navigate.

The prize pool for this race the last time it took place was £6,300, which was shared proportionately between the four placing horses in the following manner:

1st place – 5/2 No Hidden Charges (IRE) – £4,094

2nd place – 11/10 Fontley House (IRE) – £1,202

3rd place – 11/1 Domaine De L’Isle (FR) – £601

4th place – N/A – £301

The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race is scheduled to take place at 14:55 on Monday the 3rd of May 2021 at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Runners

The horses that contest The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at The May Bank Holiday Raceday provide an intense spectacle for the many horse racing enthusiasts in attendance every year.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s May Bank Holiday Raceday at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Domaine De L’Isle (FR) – third-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Mikey Hamill and trained by Sean Curran
  2. Fontley House (IRE) – second-place finish – 11/10 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Tom George
  3. No Hidden Charges (IRE) – first-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Neil Mulholland
  4. Pepperdew (USA) – Pulled Up – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Ben Pauling
  5. Slaine (GB) – Unseated Rider – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Paul O’Brien and trained by Neil King

Tips

If you’re not sure where to begin with your bet slips for The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race or any other race on The May Bank Holiday Raceday, check our expertly crafted betting tips from our experienced Kempton Park betting tipsters.

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Odds

Odds for Kempton Park’s May Bank Holiday Raceday are often extremely generous, with prices very often reaching three digits.

Specifically, odds for The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race last time out at Kempton Park Racecourse in May 2019 ranged from 11/10 for the race favourite Fontley House up to 11/1 for the longest outsider Domaine De L’Isle, who managed a third-place finish.

This edition of the race was won by 5/2 priced No Hidden Charges, who converted £10 outright betting tips into £35 in returns, £25 in profits for those that had faith in the race second-favourite.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at The May Bank Holiday Raceday, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 edition abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The winner of The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race last time out at Kempton Park Racecourse for The May Bank Holiday Raceday was 5/2 priced second-favourite No Hidden Charges, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Neil Mulholland.

11/10 race favourite Fontley House finished four and a half lengths behind No Hidden Charges in second place, followed by 11/1 priced Domaine De L’Isle in third place. 10/1 priced Pepperdew pulled up four out and 5/1 priced Slaine unseated the rider just two out.

2018

The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at Kempton Park for The May Bank Holiday Raceday 2018 was won by 5/4 priced race favourite Secret Investor, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Paul Nicholls.

5/2 priced third-favourite Oakley Hall finished eight lengths behind Secret Investor in second place, followed by 25/1 outsider Always On The Ball in third place. 9/4 priced second-favourite Criq Rock was brought down four hurdles out and 66/1 long outsider Over The Arch fell after he began to struggle.

2017

Back at The May Bank Holiday raceday in 2018, The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race was won by 6/1 priced least-likely contender Follow The Bear, ridden by jockey Jeremiah McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson.

7/4 priced race favourite Criq Rock finished eight lengths behind Follow The Bear in second place, followed by 11/4 third-favourite For Instance in third place and 9/4 second-favourite Steel Bob in fourth.

2016

3/1 priced second-favourite Deciding Moment finished first in a slightly shorter version of The Matchbook ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2016, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by B De Haan.

9/1 priced Glengra finished three and a quarter lengths behind Deciding Moment in second place, followed by 66/1 long outsider Gustav in third place and equally priced 66/1 unlikely lad Remember Forever in fourth.

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