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Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle Ascot Stats
Fri, Dec 20th, 2013

The Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle is a Grade 2 event run over two miles on the Friday of Ascot's Long Walk Hurdle meeting. While it might be expected to be a pointer to the Supreme Novices Hurdle run over the same distance at the Cheltenham Festival the last horse to follow up at the Festival ( Monsignor in 2000) did do in the 2m5f Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle.

The most famous horse on the roll of honour is the 1996 winner, Make a Stand. He won this during a remarkable 1996-7 season when he also landed the Lanzarote Hurdle, Tote Gold Trophy and while still a novice the Champion Hurdle. Alastair Down writing in the Sporting Life describes his Champion Hurdle win:

He pulverised this field, doing it the hard way from the front, and pulling the teeth of his pursuers with a remorseless  display of speed and precision hurdling.

Norman Williamson, who finished second on heatreworld, spoke an ocean of truth when he said: "He is a true champion - he just annihilates you with his speed. You get within six lengths of him but the effort of that ends your chance.Whether you take him on early or late, it's the same problem - he cooks you." Basically Make A Stand is a horse nothing can get to, and effectively breaks those who try.

Tony McCoy said: "There were horses  upsides at the first and they were still there at the second."McCoy added: "I rode as if there was nothing else in the race." ...

And it should be remembered that this horse is a novice, for God's sake. He was eligible to run in the first race and if he had I suspect the referee would have had to stop the fight three from home to prevent the others from taking further punishment. So this was another day that stretched the legend of Martin Pipe, who was winning his second Champion with a horse he has transformed from the ordinary to the exceptional. Make A Stand won a handicap at Stratford  in October off an official rating of 114. After this performance he will be in the 160s - an awesome improvement of around 50lb.

 Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle Stats 2002-2012

  • Winners were officially rated between 125 and 143
  • Nicky Henderson has trained 2 of the last 8
  • Winners aged between 4 and 6
  • Just 2 winning favourites since 2002

Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle Winners 2002-2012

Year

Horse

Age

Jockey

Trainer

OR

SP

Fav

2012

Puffin Billy

4

Barry Geraghty

Oliver Sherwood

-

4/9

  1

2011

Molotof

4

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

143

2-1

3

2008

Medermit

4

Robert Thornton

Alan King

125

14-1

2

2007

Deep Purple

6

Paul Moloney

Evan Williams

134

4-6

1

2006

Tagula Blue

6

W Hutchinson

Ian Williams

125

8-1

5

2004

Marcel

6

Timmy Murphy

Martin Pipe

139

10-11

1

2003

Perle De Puce

4

Mick Fitzgerald

Nicky Henderson

125

33-1

5

2002

Kopeck

4

Leighton Aspell

Josh Gifford

139

33-1

2

 

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