With Charli Parcs likely to be sent off at prohibitive odds, the Evan Williams-trained Evening Hush should provide some each-way value in the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday night.
Live on Sky Racing 1, the Adonis is always a key pointer towards the big novice hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival next month and all eyes will be on the Nicky Henderson-trained Charli Parcs who would only be having his third career start and his second in Britain after a superb stable debut over this track and distance at the end of last year. The four-year-old ran out a comfortable eight length winner from Alan King’s Master Blueyes who is set to reoppose on Saturday. Charli Parcs immediately became a leading contender for either the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle or the JCB Triumph Hurdle and will be odds-on to follow up on Saturday. That may well happen however his presence will open up the market and provide some each-way value elsewhere.
Master Blueyes has to be respected and has progressed nicely in two runs since, having been touched off by another Henderson inmate at Huntingdon before a stylish success at Ludlow earlier this month. That gives him an official rating of 132 which is 11 behind stablemate Fidux and 12 behind Evening Hush. It’s hard to see Master Blueyes reversing the form with Charli Parcs while Fidux, who had previously caught the eye in two winning starts over hurdles, had his limitations seemingly exposed when a well-held fourth in the Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial at Musselburgh and it may prove wise to side with the filly Evening Hush.
Trainer Evan Williams has never made any secret of how highly he rates Evening Hush who followed up a winning hurdling debut at Exeter with a clear-cut Listed win at Aintree. The Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil proved too strong in Chepstow’s Grade 1 Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle but he is the clear favourite for the Triumph Hurdle and Williams does believe his filly was below-par there. A mistake four out certainly caused Evening Hush to lose valuable momentum at Chepstow and the ground was also quite testing. Kempton is a flatter track which will suit and with the seven pounds fillies’ allowance she receives Evening Hush not only provides each-way value but should also offer stiff opposition to Charli Parcs.
Also entered and worth noting in the betting is the former French winning hurdler Ibleo who will be making his British debut for Venetia Williams.
Kempton’s Saturday card will be live on Sky Racing and alongside the Adonis are two other Grade 2 contests, the Pendil Novices’ Chase and the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle, as well as the Grade 3 Betbright Handicap Chase.