The Kempton Christmas Hurdle should not be confused with a race registered in the same name at Leopardstown over three miles in Ireland during the Christmas Festival and held a couple of days later. We are talking about the two-mile hurdle race held on the King George card on Boxing Day here. What does the 2021 Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle have in store? Let’s find out.
Before you dive into the Christmas Hurdle betting, it is well worth making yourself aware of the statistics behind the race. Knowing these can help you decide who to back and why. Also, make sure to check William Hill Cheltenham offer and the likes from other bookies to get the most out of your bet. Read all about the prevailing Kempton Christmas Hurdle trends below:
A deserved Grade 1 success for Silver Streak came at last in the Kempton Christmas Hurdle as Evan Williams’ horse kept it simple and made all the running. In landing odds of 13/2, he reversed the form of last year’s race under Adam Wedge and upset long odds-on favourite Epatante who had previously had his number. The popular grey set out his stall from the front and never saw another rival. As Silver Streak sluiced up in the Christmas Hurdle, Epatante made mistakes and was never nearer than three lengths down at the last. Aidan Coleman accepted defeat on the run-in as JP McManus’ Nicky Henderson trained mare trailed in 6½ lengths behind.
Last year’s Christmas Hurdle third Ballyandy filled the same spot again for father-son team Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies at odds of 16/1, but was some 15 lengths behind Silver Streak. Henderson’s other mare Floressa was never put in the race really and unfancied 22/1, but just lost out on a place under Nico de Boinville. She in turn was 45 lengths clear of 50/1 outsider Diego Du Charmil for Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls. The small Kempton Christmas Hurdle field was blown apart by such positive tactics on Silver Streak, who can finally celebrate success at the highest level. Bookmakers have pushed Epatante out for the Champion Hurdle.