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Master Blueyes teaches Adonis Juvenile Hurdle rivals a lesson at Kempton

Frodon and River Wild also ran to victory.

Master Blueyes ridden by Robert Bellamy clear the last flight.
Master Blueyes ridden by Robert Bellamy clear the last flight.
Image: Julian Herbert

MASTER BLUEYES RAN to victory in the BetBright Genius Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton earlier today, following Charli Parcs’ tumble on the penultimate flight.

Alan Kings’ charge, ridden by Thomas Bellamy, came from behind as Nicky Henderson’s Charli Parcs and Evening Hush were neck and neck.

The fall left the latter clear in front but 13-2 Master Blueyes produced a strong finish by the final hurdle to pull 11 lengths clear at the line.

Evening Hush held on to finish second, while Fidux ran in third place.

“He was impressive and it all went to plan,” Bellamy, who was substituting for the sidelined Wayne Hutchinson, said after the race. “I think I had the Henderson horse beaten when he fell.

“To be fair to my lad, he went away and did it professionally – he didn’t look around. He has just been keen in the past, but he settled supremely well. It is definitely up there (as one of my biggest wins).”

Trainer King was also impressed with the ride, and it’s likely that the horse will now compete for the Triumph Hurdle at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

BetBright Chase Day - Kempton Races Frodon in action, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. Source: Julian Herbert

8-11 favourite Frodon took the BetBright Best For Festival Betting Pendil Novices’ Chase by storm.

The win comes as Paul Nicholls’ ninth victory in this race, and Frodon’s sixth win from eight starts over fences.

The five-year-old ran well throughout the two-and-a-half mile contest, but faced stiff competition from Charmix and Gold Present.

The home-straight brought a tight battle between the latter and the eventual winner, but jockey Sam Twiston-Davies guided Frodon to pull away towards the finish to win by two lengths.

River Wild impressed and brought his form on further in the 3.00 Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle.

BetBright Chase Day - Kempton Races River Wylde pulls away from the last flight before going on to win. Source: Julian Herbert

It came as good news to trainer Nicky Henderson following Charli Parcs earlier fall in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle.

The six-year-old claimed the victory, and made it three-out-of-three from starts over hurdles. The 11-4 shot ran well throughout, but moved on with Elgin past favourite Capitaine over the second last.

River Wylde progressed to have a fantastic run-in and finished three and a half lengths to the fore.

Ridden by Nico de Boinville, the winner’s odds were subsequently cut from 25-1 to 12-1 afterwards for the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle.

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