Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198 5th £1,608 6th £804
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 7.30s
  • Off time: 15:35:31
Full result
Result 15:35 Wincanton
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Zarkandar 1/3f
2nd 5 Khyber Kim 14/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 FU-3108
Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 14
  • T:A King
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: FU-3108
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
5 164 11-10 A King N Fehily 143 20/1
2 131129-
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 340
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Harry Skelton
  • Form: 131129-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10bt
  • OR: 161
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 bt P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 161 12/1
3 1/15F-11
Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 63
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 1/15F-11
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 168
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 168 1/3f
4 301-122
Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Raya Star (IRE) 52
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 301-122
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 159
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 A King R Thornton 159 5/1
5 121496/
Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Khyber Kim 681
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 121496/
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
11 156 11-2 N J Henderson P J Brennan 147 14/1
6 21-1275
Royal Blue and Yellow check, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow spots, Royal Blue cap Monte Cavallo (SAF) 8
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:Patrick Corbett
  • Form: 21-1275
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 Miss R Curtis Patrick Corbett 133 100/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Binocular (FR)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A P McCoy
8 11-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 5/6
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In depth

Verdict

This sharp track suits the attacking style of Celestial Halo and he's twice finished second in this race. However, he makes his seasonal reappearance today and Paul Nicholls has much better claims with ZARKANDAR. He was giving 16lb to Balder Success when beating him by seven lengths in the Elite Hurdle over course and distance in November and has won another Grade 2 at Cheltenham since when champion hurdler Rock On Ruby was back in third. Raya Star has proved himself at this level this year and easily has the beating of Monte Cavallo on Ascot running earlier this season. Khyber Kim was a smart hurdler in his heyday but has had his problems over the last couple of years and would probably struggle to win this even at his best.

Formwatch

Zarkandar (IRE) 6-5fav (11-4) Always prominent, led narrowly before 3rd, headed briefly and driven 2 out, ridden last, held on well under pressure flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec beating Grandouet (11-8) by 2l, 7 ran.

Khyber Kim 16-1 (11-7) Held up behind, headway and mistake 4 out, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 41l behind Big Buck's (11-7) at Aintree 3m hdl G1 (1) gs in Apr '11.

Balder Succes (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear on outside, headway 6th, every chance 3 out, weakened approaching last, 8th of 14, 27l behind Medinas (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy.

Celestial Halo (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Tracked leader until ridden after 5th, losing place when jumped slowly 2 out, soon behind, 9th of 10, 17l behind Rock On Ruby (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Raya Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, headway after 3 out, effort and every chance 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd approaching last, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Darlan (11-7) at Kempton 2m hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.

Monte Cavallo (SAF) 7-1 (10-13) In touch, not fluent 4th, effort 2 out, weakening when hampered last, 5th of 12, 17l behind Petit Robin (11-5) at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Dec.