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Kennel Gate Novices Hurdle 2020

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 Theatreworld, 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 Winners 2002-2019

2019Master Debonair5Robbie PowerColin Tizzard1363-12
2018Angels Breath4Nico de BonvilleNicky Henderson6-4F1
2017Claimamtaingforgan5Nico de BonvilleNicky Henderson6-4F1
2016Capitaine4Sam Twiston-DaviesPaul Nicholls1409-15
2015Yanworth5Barry GeraghtyAlan King1451-3F1
2014L’ami Serge4Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson146Evens F1
2013Irving5Nick ScolfieldPaul Nicholls11/42
2012Puffin Billy4Barry GeraghtyOliver Sherwood4/91
2011Molotof4Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson1432-13
2008Medermit4Robert ThorntonAlan King12514-12
2007Deep Purple6Paul MoloneyEvan Williams1344-61
2006Tagula Blue6W HutchinsonIan Williams1258-15
2004Marcel6Timmy MurphyMartin Pipe13910-111
2003Perle De Puce4Mick FitzgeraldNicky Henderson12533-15
2002Kopeck4Leighton AspellJosh Gifford13933-12


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