Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle
Grade 2, Kempton Park 13:50
£80,000 guaranteed,
4yo only,
2m, Class 1    
Saturday 25th February 2023

Trainers Quotes

1 Nusret 7/2
2 Perseus Way 13/2
3 Rare Middleton 7/1
8 ran Distances: 1¼l, 9½l, 5½l
Time: 3m 51.00s (slow by 10.00s)

Well beaten the last twice by Lossiemouth and Blood Destiny, Nusret was providing trainer Joseph O’Brien with a third Grade Two four-year-old hurdle prize in Britain this season after the successes of Comfort Zone at Chepstow and Cheltenham.

The race changed in complexion when the front-running Sarsons Risk came down at the last flight in the back straight when still going well.

Several runners were hampered, including the eventual winner, but it left Perseus Way in front and Jamie Moore kicked a couple of lengths clear.

Rare Middleton briefly flattered, but Daryl Jacob was biding his time on Nusret and a mistake at the last by Perseus Way enabled the 7-2 chance to come home a length and a quarter clear.

Scriptwriter, who went into the race as one of Britain’s leading Triumph Hurdle aspirants, faded tamely after a mistake.

The winner was cut to 5-1 from 8s for the Boodles Fred Winter at Cheltenham.


Jacob said: “He’s a lovely horse. His Punchestown win was very good while the ground at Leopardstown was a bit soft for him.

“His preferred angle is going right-handed but we’re very very happy to have him.

“I managed to side-step the faller and actually didn’t lose that much ground.

“After that it was pretty straightforward, let’s hope he will go to Cheltenham where it would be the Boodles.”


Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo only, 2m, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

1     Nusret 4 11-0 Joseph O'Brien Daryl Jacob 7/2
Perseus Way 4 11-3 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 13/2
Rare Middleton 4 11-0 2 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 7/1
 Pawapuri 4 10-7 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 10/1
8 Spartan Army 4 11-0 Alan King A P Heskin 25/1
11 Scriptwriter 4 11-5 Milton Harris Paddy Brennan 6/4F
½ The Churchill Lad 4 11-0 Rebecca Menzies Nathan Moscrop 50/1
FELL Sarsons Risk 4 11-0 B F Brookhouse Robert Dunne 10/1