Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
Grade 2, Kempton Park 15:00
£30,000 added,
4yo only,
2m, Class 1   
Saturday 23rd February 2019

After finishing second in the Grade Two prize on his hurdling debut, Alan King's useful dual purpose performer Scarlet Dragon could now return to the Sunbury track for a second tilt at the Dovecote Hurdle.

The gelded son of Sir Percy, who also holds an entry in the Group Three Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield on the same day, opened his account over hurdles at the third time of asking at Huntingdon on Friday.

King said: “I want to go for the Dovecote with Scarlet Dragon. We might go to Doncaster next week as I would like to get another run in, but it might be tight.

“He was ferociously keen at Huntingdon, but he hit the line well and ran a great race.

“I was just pleased when he went to the front he saw it right out and kept his head in front, as he had not won for more than two years.

“If we get another novice race into him under a penalty, it might just help him not be quite so keen.”


Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
17 entries

Form Horse Age Trainer
1-1 Angels Breath (IRE) 64 5 N J Henderson
/2 Ashutor (FR) 26 5 P F Nicholls
/11 Brandon Castle 48 7 N B King
15-4121 Brecon Hill (IRE) 44 6 Mrs S J Humphrey
3-112 Bright Forecast (IRE) 35 5 B Pauling
3-11521 Colonel Custard (IRE) 40 6 Nicky Martin
121/5 Daphne Du Clos (FR) 29 6 N J Henderson
13 I K Brunel 71 5 Olly Murphy
2-1112 Itchy Feet (FR) 97 5 Olly Murphy
P/21271 Normal Norman 53 5 J Ryan
1-52121 Rouge Vif (FR) 25 5 H Whittington
29/-1 Scarlet Dragon 29 6 A King
3-11132 Southfield Stone 19 6 P F Nicholls
15-105 Strong Glance 56 6 F O'Brien
18-1142 Thistle Do Nicely (IRE) 37 5 Jamie Snowden
111 Tokay Dokey (IRE) 98 5 D Skelton
/0 Twin Star (IRE) 56 5 Noel Williams