Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle
Grade 2, Kempton Park 13:50
£80,000 guaranteed,
4yo only,
2m, Class 1    
Saturday 24th February 2024

Trainers Quotes

1 Kalif Du Berlais 10/11
2 Givemefive 7/2
3 Captain Marvellous 16/5
5 ran NR: Swift Hawk Distances: ¾l, 8½l, 58l
Time: 3m 51.70s (slow by 10.70s)

Kalif Du Berlais was given an almighty scare in the Grade Two contest by Givemefive, only overcoming his rival on the run-in and the runner-up rallying bravely after that to go down by a half-a-length.

Winning rider Harry Cobden told ITV Racing: “I think we went an even enough gallop, we didn’t go mad, but I didn’t feel I was going that easily jumping the last down the back and he took a bit of cajoling but he jumped the second last well and winged the last.

“He’s still a bit of a baby, he’s hung left and right up the run-in and he’s jumped a bit to his left. There’s lots and lots of improvement to come. He’s massive, all of 16.3 and is a real chasing type.

Trainer Paul Nicholls added: “He toughed it out, he gave them all weight. Whether we rode him right I don’t know, I’ll see what Harry says but he’s very much a horse for the future and we’ll look after him. I was thrilled with that.

“He’s had a hard race today, so I’d say he won’t run in the Triumph. Aintree is a possibility I suppose if we’re happy, but he’s won three from three now and if he didn’t run again this season it wouldn’t be the end of the world. He’s a horse we need to look after.”


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

1     Kalif Du Berlais 4 11-5 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 10/11F
¾ Givemefive 4 11-0 Harry Derham Paul O'Brien 7/2
Captain Marvellous 4 11-0 Jane Williams Ciaran Gethings 16/5
58 Taritino 4 11-0 Joe Tickle Ben Jones 125/1
FELL Peking Opera 4 11-0 Gary Moore Niall Houlihan 9/1
NR 5 1 Swift Hawk 4 11-0 Paul Nicholls NON RUNNER