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  • Saphir Sparkles Again To Win Lanzarote

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

  • (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 13 runners)
  • Winner £25,628 2nd £9,616 3rd £4,815 4th £2,398 5th £1,206 6th £603
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 29.40s
  • Off time: 14:42:41
  • Last Updated: January 11 2014, 15:27 GMT

Saphir Du Rheu defied a 15lb rise in the weights since his previous success to land the Lanzarote Hurdle under Harry Derham.

Saphir Du Rheu struck again at Kempton
Saphir Du Rheu struck again at Kempton

The promising conditional brought the five-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, to lead at the second last.

The 6/1 chance asserted his authority to win by six lengths from If In Doubt with Like Minded a length away third.

Junction Fourteen, the 9/2 favourite, fell at the final flight when beaten.

Nicholls' assistant Tom Jonason said: "We thought he had a fairly good chance. We were hopeful he'd handle the ground and Harry's claim has helped.

"Paul's first remark was what a chaser he'll make. He's a class horse, more than just a handicapper, and Paul was already thinking of a race at Haydock in three weeks or maybe the National Spirit at Fontwell."

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