Betdaq Adonis Juvenile Hurdle
|Grade 2, Kempton Park 13:50
2m, Class 1
|Saturday 24th February 2018|
1 Redicean 10/11F
2 Malaya 4/1
3 Beau Gosse 4/1
7 ran Distances: 7l, 10l, ½l
Time: 3m 49.50s (slow by 7.50s)
The impressive Redicean goes second-favourite for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham
Now into around 5-1 for the Triumph Hurdle, his jumping was much slicker and his trademark strong finish was in evidence once more as he pulled seven lengths clear of Malaya under Wayne Hutchinson.
"He was breathtaking. I was adamant he would jump better in a truer run race and he proved that today and he settled better," said Hutchinson.
"I was always in my comfort zone and he went through the gears easily.
"Obviously Cheltenham is a different track, but he's battle-hardened from the Flat, it's not like he's got no experience."
King said: "That's him odds-on for the Fred Winter now! That was lovely. I am thrilled. I thought he was good. His jumping was very slick today. When he got in tight, he was very quick through the air.
"He has probably jumped 200 hurdles since last time. It was a rush to get him here for the Christmas meeting as we only got him in October, then he was gelded, so he was on the back burner for a while and he was just ready to start.
"He was always going to get better. I thought he was very accurate today.
"He got a mile-six on the Flat so he will stay. I've not deliberately just kept coming here, it was just that's the way it suited.
"Penzance never saw the hill and he managed to win a Triumph. I don't think the ground matters. This is the best ground he has raced on so far. Better ground will probably help him.
"He hadn't beaten much up until today and he has come through it well."
Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo only, 2m, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft in Places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Redicean 10/11f||Wayne Hutchinson
|2nd||7||Malaya (FR) 4/1||Sam Twiston-Davies
|P F Nicholls||4|
|3rd||10||Beau Gosse (FR) 4/1||D A Jacob
|4th||½||Grand Sancy (FR) 10/1||Harry Cobden
|P F Nicholls||4|
|5th||25||Harmonise 20/1||M Goldstein
|Miss S West||4|
|6th||17||Kasperenko 40/1||Brendan Powell
|B G Powell||4|
|PU||Bid Adieu (IRE) 33/1||Sean Bowen
|Miss V Williams||4|