William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 2, 5 runners)
  • Winner £28,179 2nd £8,325 3rd £4,162 4th £2,084 5th £1,040 6th £522
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 43.30s
  • Off time: 14:41:18

Full Result

14:40 Ffos Las
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Oscar Whisky (IRE) N J Henderson 6 11-7 B J Geraghty 2/7f
SP 2/7f Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led on bit after 3 out, not fluent next, ran on strongly opened 1/4 £500-£2000
2nd 8 4 Black Jack Blues (IRE) Miss R Curtis 8 11-3 t Aodhagan Conlon 10/1
SP 10/1 Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon rallied, kept on well, not pace of winner opened 11/1
3rd 5 Tarkari (IRE) Evan Williams 6 11-3 Paul Moloney 18/1
SP 18/1 Held up in touch, slow 2nd, chased leaders approaching 3 out, under pressure when blundered last, no extra opened 20/1
4th 7 3 Won In The Dark (IRE) Miss S J Harty 7 11-7 T J O'Brien 9/1
SP 9/1 Held up in touch, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, under pressure next, never able to challenge opened 11/1
5th 16 1 Barizan (IRE) Evan Williams 5 11-7 D F O'Regan 12/1
SP 12/1 Tracked leader, lost place 4 out, soon behind, tailed off when mistake 3 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.10 Tote Place £1.02 £3.90 Straight Forecast £4.03 Exacta £2.90

Placepot £14.10, Pool: £68129.27, 3517.94 winning tickets
Quadpot £8.70, Pool: £4182.55, 354.58 winning tickets

Analysis

OSCAR WHISKY won impressively to put himself firmly on target for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next month. The six year-old had lost his unbeaten record over hurdles when fourth in the Supreme Novices' on his final start of last season but returned to winning ways on his reappearance when showing an impressive turn of foot over an extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham. This race had been his target all season and he was not hard-pressed to account for inferior opposition. There were certainly plenty of positives to be taken from his performance as he travelled strongly and jumped well; bookmakers responded by trimming his odds for the Champion Hurdle where he will face his stiffest task since defeat at the Festival last year. Black Jack Blues had been hit by the handicapper for making every yard over course and distance back in October; he ran respectably having struggled in graded races the last twice but may need some clemency from the assessors. Tarkari was held-up in rear before moving gradually into contention but a bad mistake at the last put paid to his chances of taking second; this was just his third start since arriving from Willie Mullins' yard and he should continue to be competitive in handicaps before going chasing and he could be the type to enjoy plenty of success over the summer months. Won In The Dark pulled too hard (as he had at Leopardstown) and failed to do himself justice whilst Barizan has lost his way this season and finished further behind the winner than he had at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.