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REPORT | Bank Holiday Monday’s action at Kempton

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls both recorded doubles in the seven-race card at Kempton



Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Nicky Henderson was cruelly denied a hat-trick at Kempton on Monday after Versatility unseated his rider after the last to gift Psychedelic Rock victory in the three-mile handicap chase.

The seven-year-old made smooth headway in the final stages and was three lengths clear of Ian Williams’ recruit when approaching the final fence.

But the gelding stumbled shortly after landing, launching jockey Nico De Boinville to the ground and allowing his rival to run home unchallenged.

Nicky Henderson Trainer
Nicky Henderson was unfortunate not to bag a quickfire treble at Kempton on Monday

Henderson had already recorded a double on the card, with Adjali claiming the first in the 2m4½f beginners’ chase.

The six-year-old did what was required from him, making light work of his competitors to claim success in comfortable fashion. 

Will Carver followed that victory up in the next race, showing his progress in a 2m5f maiden hurdle.

The six-year-old proved his versatility with the quicker ground, bolting clear of Emma Lavelle’s Light N Strike to win by 12 lengths.

Paul Nicholls
Paul Nicholls landed a double on the Kempton card on Monday

Paul Nicholls claimed a double on the card, with Bryony Frost riding both winners for the Ditcheat trainer.

Paso Doble followed up his promising third in the Adonis with success in the two-mile novices’ hurdle, while Fidelio Vallis cruised to victory in the 2m2f Handicap Chase.

Frost completed her treble with Lucy Wadham’s Sorbet in the two-mile mares’ handicap hurdle, while Faint Hope justified favouritism when winning by a neck in the 2m5f handicap hurdle for Ben Jones.