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Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £74035
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

1/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10
  • Place: £1.10

Form: /1111- CD

Last run: 257 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 175

Form & Verdict

Currently head and shoulders above the rest in this division; won this race by 17l last year, en route to an impressive success in the Champion Hurdle; not quite so dominant over 2m4f at Aintree on last appearance but still beat his rivals comfortably and remains unbeaten under rules; now reappears at Christmas having missed the Fighting Fifth at both Newcastle (due to abandonment) and rescheduled Sandown (due to heavy ground); continues to set a very tall standard, being again well clear on ratings.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Constitution Hill

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Currently head and shoulders above the rest in this division; won this race by 17l last year, en route to an impressive success in the Champion Hurdle; not quite so dominant over 2m4f at Aintree on last appearance but still beat his rivals comfortably and remains unbeaten under rules; now reappears at Christmas having missed the Fighting Fifth at both Newcastle (due to abandonment) and rescheduled Sandown (due to heavy ground); continues to set a very tall standard, being again well clear on ratings.

1/8

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 011-11 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Acts on good to soft ground but is particularly well suited by faster, being 5-6 on good going over hurdles; comfortably justified favouritism in the Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) at Wincanton most recently, bringing up a four-timer that also included two wins (Grade 2/Listed) at this course; front-running 5yo who is improving and very much in the winning groove; respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Rubaud

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

led, headed before 2 out, soon outpaced

11/4

4th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Rubaud

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on good to soft ground but is particularly well suited by faster, being 5-7 on good going over hurdles; creditable second, though no match for Constitution Hill, in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton most recently; this front-runner has been largely progressive and remains of interest.

5/1

2nd

5

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Rubaud

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on good to soft ground but is particularly well suited by faster, being 5-6 on good going over hurdles; comfortably justified favouritism in the Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) at Wincanton most recently, bringing up a four-timer that also included two wins (Grade 2/Listed) at this course; front-running 5yo who is improving and very much in the winning groove; respected.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 308-32 CD BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Constitution Hill; useful hurdler on his day; won the Gerry Feilden (handicap) and placed in the Relkeel (Grade 2) last term; however, comes to Christmas under a cloud, having been below best here in Listed hurdle (behind Rubaud) and novice chase this season.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

First Street

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful hurdler on his day, such as when winning the Gerry Feilden (handicap) at Newbury last term; below best in three races (including a chase) at Kempton this season, finishing behind Rubaud on two occasions; opposed on this season's form.

20/1

1

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

First Street

12st 1lb

T: Nicky Henderson

3rd

3

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

First Street

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

Stablemate of Constitution Hill; useful hurdler on his day; won the Gerry Feilden (handicap) and placed in the Relkeel (Grade 2) last term; however, comes to Christmas under a cloud, having been below best here in Listed hurdle (behind Rubaud) and novice chase this season.

25/1

Form: 731-12 D

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

One of two runners for this yard; progressive handicap hurdler at about 2m; won the Swinton at Haydock in May then ran well at Cheltenham two months ago, both on good ground; however, he has the worst chance at the weights in this higher grade and seems out of his depth.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Black Poppy

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Kerry Lee

One of two runners for this yard; progressive handicap hurdler at about 2m; won the Swinton at Haydock in May then ran well at Cheltenham two months ago, both on good ground; however, he has the worst chance at the weights in this higher grade and seems out of his depth.

100/1

2nd

4

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 3

13:35 Cheltenham

Black Poppy

11st 3lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Kerry Lee

In excellent form in the spring, winning on the New course here (2m1f, good) before collecting big prize at Haydock (1m7f, good); could quite plausibly have more improvement to come if fully tuned up after his break.

11/2

1st

13

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:15 Haydock

Black Poppy

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Kerry Lee

Well backed when returning to winning ways at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) and he was nicely on top in the finish that day; 5lb rise elevates him to a career-high mark, and that spells danger in this deeper race.

20/1

100/1

Form: 326-45 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Multiple winner down the years; turns 12 imminently and his two results this season, including behind Rubaud when bidding for a third success in Kempton Listed event in October, suggest he's perhaps finally on the wane; well held in this contest in 2022.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

6

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Sceau Royal

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Multiple winner down the years; turns 12 imminently and his two results this season, including behind Rubaud when bidding for a third success in Kempton Listed event in October, suggest he's perhaps finally on the wane; well held in this contest in 2022.

100/1

5th

2

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 1

14:05 Ascot

Sceau Royal

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

prominent, disputing third before 2 out, weakened approaching last

11/2

4th

3

22nd Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:05 Kempton

Sceau Royal

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alan King

High-class hurdler/chaser who has been an excellent servant to connections over the years and is bidding to win this race for the third season running; seemed to race too freely in first-time cheekpieces (now removed) in Aintree Hurdle in April but faced a tough assignment there anyway and ought to be very hard to beat here.

10/11

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Payout
Exacta £13.00
Straight Forecast £14.70
Trifecta £35.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Constitution Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Rubaud

RP RATINGS:

Constitution Hill

TOPSPEED:

Constitution Hill

POSTDATA:

Constitution Hill

LAMBOURN:

Constitution Hill

The Times:

Constitution Hill

Telegraph:

Constitution Hill

The Guardian:

Constitution Hill

Daily Mail:

Constitution Hill

D Express:

Constitution Hill

Daily Mirror:

Constitution Hill

The Star:

Constitution Hill

Daily Record:

Constitution Hill