Peter Moore at Kempton Park 13th November 2023
After gaining his first ever double as a trainer after picking up a brace at Newbury last week,Harry Derham picked up his second double after Queens Gamble and Dargiannini both were successful at Kempton Park on Monday afternoon.
Some competitive racing looked likely to happen on Monday, and a good crowd were not disappointed.
Derham picked up his first winner of the day when the odds on favourite Queens Gamble under Jonathan Burke won the opener by two and a quarter lengths.
The young trainer based in Boxford Berkshire duly completed his second winner of the day when the well backed Dargiannini led from start to finish with Paul O’Brien on board to claim the 2m 5f Handicap Hurdle race with an impressive performance to bolt home by 11 lengths and justify his starting price of 2-1 favourite.
The feature race on the card, The Unibet Middle Distance Series Veteran’s Handicap Steeplechase Class 2 was won by Brendan Powell on board the Joe Tizzard trained Le Ligerien.
Four runners went to post for the main race of the day with a total prize fund of £24,000 on offer.
The ten year old had already completed a hat trick of wins between February and March earlier this year and after being pulled up at Chepstow a month ago back hurdling, he was back to his best with his favourite discipline of jumping to beat top weight Danny Kirwan by seven and a half lengths.
Despite being off the track for 261 days, East India Express settled back into winning mode by claiming The Racing TV Novices Hurdle Race over 2m 5f.
The Nicky Henderson trained four-year-old had already won a bumper on this same course on debut back in February and fully justified his 10-11 favourite price with a fine run to win by five lengths from the 50-1 shot Billy Boi Blue.