William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle
|Grade 1, Kempton Park 14:35
2m, Class 1
|Saturday 10th January 2015|
1 Tea For Two 9/2J
2 Little Boy Boru 25/1
3 Saffron Wells 8/1
13 ran Distances: 16l, 1l, 15l
TIME 5m 18.60s (slow by 18.60s)
Smooth performance by Tea For Two and Lizzie Kelly in the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle
Always handy and soon disputing matters with Kilcooley, the unexposed Tea For Two (9-2 joint-favourite) travelled really powerfully for his in-form pilot and jumped to the lead four from home.
One or two loomed as though they might get within striking distance, but those hopes were swiftly extinguished as the Nick Williams-trained winner went further and further clear, t aking the last in his stride and powering home for a 16-length success from Little Boy Boru.
Owner Jane Williams, mother of the winning jockey and assistant to her husband, said: "We've got no plans for this horse, this was the plan and it's back to the drawing board. He would have wanted softer ground than that.
"I'm not surprised he won, but I didn't expect him to beat a serious field in that manner.
"I've been doing this for my daughter and trying to find handicaps for him so that she can claim. Handicaps might be out now - personally I would prefer to duck out of Cheltenham.
"I don't think the Graded races would suit him that much, and the World Hurdle might be better where there wouldn't be a big field and he wouldn't have to cope with all the hurly burly, but obviously that race would be asking a lot of him."
Kelly added: "We will be building up his strength before he goes chasing. My brother quietly mentioned Cheltenham to me as I was walking into the weighing room, but we will keep our feet on the ground.
"If he does go, then absolutely brilliant, but we will just have to see what happens."
William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle (Listed Handicap)
£45,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f, Class 1
Going: Soft, Heavy in places
|Dist||Horse / SP||Jockey / Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Tea For Two 9/2j||Lizzie Kelly (7)
|2nd||16||Little Boy Boru (IRE) 25/1||Mr H A A Bannister (5)
|Miss S Smith||7|
|3rd||1||Saffron Wells (IRE) 8/1||Trevor Whelan
|N B King||7|
|4th||15||Hello George (IRE) 6/1||T J O'Brien
|P J Hobbs||6|
|5th||1¾||Dell' Arca (IRE) 10/1||T Scudamore
|6th||4½||Heath Hunter (IRE) 10/1||Kieron Edgar (5)
|7th||2½||Warrantor (IRE) 9/2j||Aidan Coleman
|8th||14||Ballybough Pat (IRE) 14/1||Jamie Bargary (7)
|9th||hd||Shotavodka (IRE) 25/1||N D Fehily
|10th||¾||Sporting Boy (IRE) 66/1||P J Brennan
|11th||16||Hammersly Lake (FR) 6/1||B J Geraghty
|N J Henderson||7|
|12th||39||Foxcub (IRE) 50/1||Felix De Giles
|PU||Kilcooley (IRE) 14/1||Charlie Deutsch (5)
|C E Longsdon||6|