BetBright Adonis Juvenile Hurdle
Grade 2, Kempton Park 14:00
£30,000 added,
4yo only,
2m, Class 1   
Saturday 27th February 2016

Betbright £30 Matched Bet

1 Zubayr 9/1
2 Azzuri 25/1
3 Khezerabad 8/1
7 ran Distances: 3¾l, ¾l, 5l
TIME 3m 49.90s (slow by 7.90s)

Zubayr makes a spectacular debut over hurdles to give Paul Nicholls his fourth Adonis win


Paul Nicholls' four-year-old was making his debut, just as Zarkandar did in 2011 for the Ditcheat handler - and he went on to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on his next start.

SkyBet cut Zubayr to 6/1 from 12/1 for this year's Triumph on the back of the success, in a race in which favourite Gibralfaro was a disappointing fourth.

Azzuri tried to make all the running under Harry Skelton and he'd opened up a huge lead by the time they came to the run-in, but some poor hurdling in the closing stages let him down.

That allowed Zubayr to make up the ground and the son of Authorized won by three-and-three-quarter lengths from Azzuri, with Nicky Henderson's Khezerabad finishing off quite well for third.


Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo only, 2m, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Zubayr (IRE) 9/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 4
2nd Azzuri 25/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 4
3rd ¾ Khezerabad (FR) 8/1 D A Jacob
N J Henderson 4
4th 5 Gibralfaro (IRE) Evsf Wayne Hutchinson
A King 4
5th 2 Wolfcatcher (IRE) 13/2 Aidan Coleman
J P Ferguson 4
6th 7 St Saviour 8/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 4
7th ¾ Pilansberg 13/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 4

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