Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £39,907 2nd £14,973 3rd £7,497 4th £3,738 5th £1,876 6th £938
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 43.30s
  • Off time: 15:45:34

Full Result

15:45 Wincanton
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Mille Chief (FR) A King 5 11-2 R Thornton 15/8
SP 15/8 Tracked leading pair, went 2nd going well approaching 2 out, soon challenged, ridden approaching last, stayed on under pressure to lead narrowly flat, just held on £750-£400
2nd nse 2 Celestial Halo (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-6 bt Harry Skelton 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching 2 out, soon hard pressed, narrow advantage when mistake last, rallied when narrowly headed flat, just failed opened 10/1
3rd 18 5 Ronaldo Des Mottes (FR) D Pipe 6 11-2 Timmy Murphy 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in touch on inside, blundered 3rd, went 3rd 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with leading pair when jumped right last opened 9/1
4th 6 1 Silviniaco Conti (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-10 A P McCoy 7/4f
SP 7/4f Tracked leaders in 4th on outside, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, soon beaten opened 5/2 £1650-£600
5th 23 3 Overturn (IRE) D McCain Jnr 7 11-6 J M Maguire 4/1
SP 4/1 Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon ridden and weakened opened 3/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.40 Tote Place £2.00 £2.20 Straight Forecast £15.22 Exacta £11.60

Placepot £159.90, Pool: £89090.17, 406.55 winning tickets
Quadpot £76.50, Pool: £4479.93, 43.3 winning tickets

Analysis

A tremendous finish to what has traditionally been a useful trial for the Champion Hurdle. This looked like one of the highest quality renewals, however as the race unfolded it might prove to be a very tricky race to weigh up. The victory went the way of MILLE CHIEF, and his jockey Robert Thornton was very happy with the gelding's performance, however in seeing off Celestial Halo by just a nose, it doesn't look good enough form (on paper at least) to win the big one in March. What was more pleasing however, was the way in which he travelled. As Overturn set a strong gallop, Thornton was content to let his mount work slowly into the race and it was clear from before the turn for home that he was travelling best. He moved into second before the second-last hurdle (where he was somewhat clumsy), and moved through to challenge Celestial Halo for the lead before the final obstacle. He cleared the last flight well, but soon found himself in a dog-fight with his older and more experienced rival. They flashed past the line together, and it was a nervous wait for backers of the 15-8 shot, however the print showed that his head was down where it mattered and he won it by a nose. Bookmakers were understandably not too impressed, but the feeling is that the bigger field at Cheltenham will suit, and with cover for longer, he is not a horse to underestimate. The runner-up ran his best race of the year, although it has been shown before that he isn't good enough to win a Champion Hurdle. Second in the 2009 renewal behind Punjabi, he may well go for the contest again after this showing. He was untidy at the final flight, and but for that error may well have won, and the decent pace set by Overturn appeared to suit him well. The first two home were miles clear of Ronaldo Des Mottes. He blatantly needed the race, as he got very tired between the last two hurdles. A mistake at the third won't have helped on his comeback, but he should come on for this outing. His mark makes life in handicaps tough, so he may be forced to head for the Champion Hurdle as well; on this evidence he might make up into a lively outsider. The major disappointments of the race were the well-backed Silviniaco Conti and Overturn. The former tracked the pace throughout, but jockey Tony McCoy looked unhappy with how his mount was travelling before turning in. He was quickly left behind, and whilst McCoy looked after him once defeat was inevitable, it is hard to muster up any enthusiasm for the run despite conceding weight all-round. Similarly Overturn wasn't given a hard time, but the way he dropped out suggested that more may have been up with him than merely setting too strong a tempo. He wasn't as fluent at his hurdles as he has been and has something to prove after this run.