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  • Dara Delight In Lanzarote

William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle (Listed Handicap) 2m 5f

  • (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 18 runners)
  • Winner £25,628 2nd £9,616 3rd £4,815 4th £2,398 5th £1,206 6th £603
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 33.75s
  • Off time: 14:40:34
  • Last Updated: January 14 2013, 8:37 GMT

The gambled on Oscara Dara (5/1) ran out an easy winner of the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park.

Oscara Dara goes clear to win the Lanzarote
Oscara Dara goes clear to win the Lanzarote

Nicky Henderson's lightly raced eight year old attracted plenty of morning support for his first run beyond two miles and a furlong and his backers had few anxious moments once the field had turned into the home straight.

Barry Geraghty appeared to be sitting with a double handful with his opponents hard at work and the looks weren't deceiving as his mount ran out a ready five length winner from 100/1 chance Romeo Americo.

The pacesetting Loose Chips had cried enough on the home turn, leaving Buck Magic at the head of affairs while Romeo Americo had slipped up the inside of the track.

Geraghty had every move covered, however, and he only needed to push his mount out having jumped the last.

There was drama behind the leader at that flight, with Captain Sunshine - who had made taking progress from the rear - falling and hampering Bear's Affair which left Buck Magic and Araldur to collect the minor honours.

Henderson and Geraghty were completing a double on the card following the earlier success of Tetlami.

Henderson said: "We had it in our minds all year that he would go chasing - he had missed a season with a leg problem - and he was in everywhere this week but I schooled him and I wasn't confident enough to run him over fences again.

"We put him over hurdles, which was plan B, but I think we'll have to stick with plan B at least for the time being, and have some fun over hurdles until the end of the season.

"I suppose he could have an intense schooling session over the summer, but he is eight already."


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