Saturday 27 February
It may be wet, it may be windy, but it will be wonderful.
As the Cheltenham Festival gets ever-closer those looking for some final clues will be paying close attention to Close Brothers Chase Day at Kempton Park.
With four Graded races, there is no shortage of quality on offer, as a quick look through the roll of honour for the Grade Three Close Brothers Handicap Chase will demonstrate.
Not only did four-time King George VI Chase winner and 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Desert Orchid claim this race in 1990 but the three mile prize has also been used as a stepping stone to Grand National glory in the same year by both Rough Quest (1996) and Rhyme ‘n’ Reason (1988).
Running alongside the feature contest is the Grade Two Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, which has been won by the likes of Zarkandar (2011), Penzance and Mysilv (1994), all of whom backed up their wins in the following month’s Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Grade Two Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle, and the Grade Two Close Brothers Pendil Novices’ Chase complete the set of Graded race action on what promises to be a fascinating seven race card.
|1.15pm||Close Brothers Asset Finance Handicap Hurdle||2m5f|
|1.50pm||Close Brothers Pendil Novices' Chase||2m 4f|
|2.25pm||Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle||2m|
|3.00pm||Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle||2m|
|3.35pm||Close Brothers Handicap Chase||3m|
|4.10pm||Close Brothers Motor Finance Handicap Chase||2m 4f|
|4.45pm||Close Brothers Premium Finance Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race||2m|
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INFORMATION FOR RACEHORSE OWNERS
Jockey Club Racecourses very much looks forward to welcoming Owners to our courses, with many of the Covid protocols now removed from the raceday experience. Your patience and support since we welcomed owners back to our courses in April has been hugely appreciated.
As it was before March 2020, we are delighted to offer six Owners badges to those with runners on the day, as well as lunch in our Owners facilities, access to the paddock etc. Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
There will be no social distancing and access to the paddock will be granted as it was before the pandemic, with only the occasional limitation for major handicaps at courses with smaller paddocks. Racegoers are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in areas where they come into close contact with lots of other people, particularly indoors, for the safety of all racegoers.
Owners should continue to use the PASS system as previously to request tickets.
We look forward to welcoming you to our racecourses and wish you the best of luck with your runner(s).
Nevin Truesdale, CEO, The Jockey Club