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Christmas Hurdle Tips 2020

FREE professional horse racing tips for the Christmas Hurdle at the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival Meeting at Kempton Park.

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When is The Christmas Hurdle 2020?

The Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle is one of the three grade 1 races at the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival and takes place on Boxing Day at 2.25pm.

In it's current form, the Christmas Hurdle was established in 1969 and is seen as a trial for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival, as 5 winners have gone on to victory in both races.  Most recently was last year's winner Epatante.

There's one stand out Trainer for this race, and that goes to Nicky Henderson, who has notched up 9 winners.  Leading Jockey is Tony McCoy who has 5 wins under his belt.

Christmas Hurdle Previous Winners

2010 race took place in January 2011, 2005 race was held at Sandown

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
Kempton2mGood To Soft5713/211-71582(0)14d
Kempton2mSoft1052/111-01370(0)26d
Kempton2mGood To Soft5611/211-01521(0)21d
Kempton2mSoft462/1111-71690(0)24d
Kempton2mGood565/411-71570(0)37d
Kempton2mGood To Soft571/411-71710(0)41d
Kempton2mGood To Soft664/1111-71640(0)34d
Kempton2mSoft6611/811-71600(0)26d
Kempton2mHeavy753/111-71511(1)257d
Kempton2mGood To Soft575/411-71640(0)30d
Kempton2mGood To Soft6713/811-71710(0)49d
Kempton2mGood To Soft765/211-71640(0)28d
Kempton2mGood797/111-71620(0)77d
Kempton2mGood To Soft669/211-71611(0)11d
Kempton2mGood To Soft7610/111-700(0)9d
Sandown2m½fGood To Soft756/411-000(0)23d
Kempton2mGood To Soft758/1111-700(0)29d
Kempton2mGood6611/411-71600(0)27d
Kempton2mSoft65Evens11-71620(0)26d
Kempton2mGood565/411-71621(0)25d
Kempton2mGood To Soft759/411-71650(0)18d
Kempton2mSoft4811/811-71722(1)31d
Kempton2mSoft575/211-71641(0)30d
Kempton2mSoft544/111-700(0)21d

 

Keith has poured over the stats from previous Christmas Hurdle races and has found some interesting trends for you below:

12 Year Trends and Statistics (2010 was run in January 2011)

  •  Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 7.
  • Sex – 10 of the last 12 winners were geldings. Just 4 mares have taken part in this time and 2 have won.
  • Trainer – Four trainers have had a stranglehold on the race in the last 12 years, Nicky Henderson has saddled 7 winners Willie Mullins 2, Noel Meade 2 and Alan King 1. Mullins and Meade have only saddled 2 horses each so have a 100% strike rate.
  • Horse – 2 horses have won this race twice in the last 12 years. 
  • Country – 5 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 5 in Ireland and 2 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 9 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – 10 of the last 12 winners carried 11st 7lb. The two mares that won carried 7lb less.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 10 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 3/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – 7 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 11 were in the first 2 in the betting.
  • Headgear – None of the last 12 winners wore any headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 11 of the last 112 winners had run between 21 and 49 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 7 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 11 of them finished in the first 3 last time.
  • Official Rating – 9 of the last 12 winners had an official rating between 157 and 171.

Christmas Hurdle Tips

The Christmas Hurdle revolves round the mare EPATANTI. She won this last season before cruising home in the Champion Hurdle. EPATANTE resumed the new season with a cosy win at Newcastle in the Fighting Fifth hurdle. SILVER STREAK who has finished behind EPATANTI 3 times in his last 5 races is the most likely to finish runner up.

Keith's Selection

EPATANTE 14:25 Kempton 2/7 – The Christmas Hurdle revolves round the mare EPATANTI. She won this last season before cruising home in the Champion Hurdle. EPATANTE resumed the new season with a cosy win at Newcastle in the Fighting Fifth hurdle. SILVER STREAK who has finished behind EPATANTI 3 times in his last 5 races is the most likely to finish runner up.

How we got on

All the pieces fell into place  for SILVER STREAK and he finally got the better of EPATANTE who finished second eased down unable to catch the winner who made all.

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Christmas Hurdle Results

Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m (3520 yards +22 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £59798 Direction: Right Handed
Runners: 5    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 3 mins 47.30s   Avg OR: 154     Median OR: 157

Full Results:

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
31stSilver Streak (IRE)711-7158Williams, EvanWedge, Adam13/29.921.78
made all, set good pace and soon clear, reduced lead 3rd, hit next, went clear again 4 out, looked vulnerable between last 2, over 2 lengths ahead good jump and in command last, kept on gamely, unchallenged BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 10.5
42nd6.5Epatante (FR)611-0162Henderson, N JColeman, A1/5 (Fav)1.231.12
hit 1st, tracked leaders on inside, tracked winner after next until before 3rd, 2nd again before 4 out, mistake next, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and tried to close between last 2, over 2 lengths down and no impression last BF IP MIN 1.2 BF IP MAX 1000
13rd8.5Ballyandy911-7157Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam16/120.743.25
chased leaders in 4th, pushed along after 3 out, plugged on in modest 3rd before next, no chance with leading duo BF IP MIN 19.5 BF IP MAX 1000
54thNKFloressa (FR)511-0144Henderson, N JMcGrath, Jeremiah22/123.004.51
chased winner until after 2nd, chased leaders, went 2nd again before next until before 4 out, weakened before next, plugged on BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
25th51Diego Du Charmil (FR)811-7CkPc TT148Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry50/194.1312.71
held up last, good headway into 3rd before 3 out, weakened quickly before next BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000

Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1)
Distance: 2m (3520 yards +22 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £74035 Direction: Right Handed
Runners: 10    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 3 mins 55.25s   Avg OR: 137     Median OR: 153

Full Results:

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
91stEpatante (FR)511-0137Henderson, N JGeraghty, B J2/1 (JFav)3.271.66
held up in mid-division, smooth headway tracking leaders approaching 3 out, challenged on bit 2 out, led between last 2, quickened clear from last, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 3.9
82nd5Silver Streak (IRE)611-7154Williams, EvanWedge, Adam11/117.693.16
held up in mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders when hit 3 out, went 2nd before next where dropped to 3rd, 2nd again before the last, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
13rd3.25Ballyandy811-7154Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam14/121.373.99
led, went left 2nd, soon headed, chased leader, went left next, led on long run before 2 out, joined 2 out, headed between last 2, lost 2nd before the last, plugged on in 3rd BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 990
104th1Verdana Blue (IRE)711-0162Henderson, N JMcGrath, Jeremiah7/17.802.77
held up in last pair, headway on outside tracking leaders before 2 out, 4th and one pace from 2 out BF IP MIN 3.05 BF IP MAX 1000
35th4Chtibello (FR)811-7157Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry10/118.402.98
held up in last pair, pushed along in modest 5th before 2 out, mistake 2 out, never on terms BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000
76th19Quick Grabim (IRE)711-7149OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J50/1229.1220.05
raced keenly, chased leaders on inside, weakened on long run before 2 out BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 1000
47th12Elixir De Nutz (FR)511-7150Tizzard, C LPower, R M14/132.005.70
chased leader, led after 2nd, headed on long run before 2 out, lost 2nd and weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
2PUBig Blue711-70Eustace, C,DBurke, Jonathan40/166.5910.50
held up and always towards rear, weakened and behind 3 out, never involved, soon pulled up BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUFusil Raffles (FR)411-7152Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico2/1 (JFav)3.151.57
raced keenly, chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, behind and pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUGetaway Trump (IRE)611-7TT155Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry16/126.004.90
held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 4th, weakened after 3 out, behind and pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000

Ladbrokes Christmas Festival Race Cards

Ladbrokes Christmas Festival – Kempton Racecourse:

 

Saturday 26th December

King George VI Chase Day

TIMERACEDISTANCE 
12:40pmTHE LADBROKES WATCH RACING ONLINE FOR FREE NOVICES' HURDLE RACE2 miles 
1:15pmTHE PLAY LADBROKES 5-A-SIDE ON FOOTBALL NOVICES' LIMITED HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE2 miles 4 furlongs 
1:50pmTHE LADBROKES KAUTO STAR NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE3 miles 
2:25pmTHE LADBROKES CHRISTMAS HURDLE RACE (GRADE 1)2 miles 
3:00pmTHE LADBROKES KING GEORGE VI STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 1)3 miles 
3:35pmTHE GET YOUR LADBROKES DAILY ODDS BOOST HANDICAP HURDLE RACE2 miles 5 furlongs

Sunday 27th December

Desert Orchid Chase Day

TIMERACEDISTANCE 
12:45pmTHE LADBROKES DAILY ODDS BOOSTS INTRODUCTORY JUVENILE HURDLE RACE2 miles 
1:20pmTHE LADBROKES WAYWARD LAD NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 2)2 miles 
1:55pmTHE LADBROKES MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE3 miles 1/2 furlong 
2:30pmTHE LADBROKES DESERT ORCHID STEEPLE CHASE (GRADE 2)2 miles 
3:05pmTHE LADBROKES WATCH RACING ONLINE FOR FREE HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE3 miles 
3:40pmTHE PLAY LADBROKES 5-A-SIDE ON FOOTBALL HANDICAP HURDLE RACE2 miles

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