32Red Lanzarote Hurdle
Grade 1, Kempton Park 14:40
£40,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 5f, Class 1  
Saturday 14th January 2017

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1 Modus 7/1
2 Templeross 7/1
3 Lord Of The Island 12/1
NR: Little Boy Boru (IRE)
13 ran Distances: 2¾l, 5l, 2l

Modus runs out a comprehensive winner at Kempton

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The Paul Nicholls-trained Modus was a 7/1 chance for this fiercely-competitive handicap and travelled well throughout the two-mile-five-furlong contest in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Geraghty appeared keen to hold onto his mount for as long as possible a the positively-ridden Templeross, bidding to complete a hat-trick for the afternoon for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, held the advantage rounding the home turn, but Modus was moving ominously well in behind and hit the front two flights from the finish.

Templeross did his best to make a race of it, but Modus had plenty in hand and skipped over the last to seal a two-and-three-quarter-length success.

Templeross was a clear second ahead of Lord Of The Island in third. Previously-unbeaten 11/2 favourite Doesyourdogbite was under pressure a long way from home and finished well-beaten.

Geraghty said: "Harry (Derham, assistant trainer) texted me during the week and felt that stepping up in trip on soft ground, he could be keen, so he suggested putting the hood back on and it worked well.

"He seemed to lack the pace in his last race at Ascot, so I was happy enough he'd get the trip today.

"He travelled well and I wasn't sure how much I had under the hood, but in fairness he kept going well.

"It was a good, solid performance."

With Nicholls enjoying some winter sunshine, it was up to Derham himself to welcome in the winner and he added: "We're really pleased and I think the step up in trip has helped him win what was a nice pot.

"Myself and Clifford (Baker, head lad) discussed putting the hood back on him. He had it on when he was placed at Ascot and Cheltenham earlier in the season, but didn't have it on last time, so we felt it wouldn't hurt him having it on again.

"There are no plans. We'll talk to Mr (Frank) Berry (owner's racing manager) and see where we go."

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32 Red Lanzarote Hurdle (Listed Handicap)
£40,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Modus 7/1 B J Geraghty
P F Nicholls 7
2nd Templeross (IRE) 7/1 Jamie Bargary (3)
N A Twiston-Davies 6
3rd 5 Lord Of The Island (IRE) 12/1 Conor Shoemark
F O'Brien 9
4th 2 Old Guard 20/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 6
5th s.h Kalondra (IRE) 12/1 R Johnson
N P Mulholland 6
6th Doesyourdogbite (IRE) 11/2f Aidan Coleman
Jonjo O'Neill 5
7th Fountains Windfall 12/1 David Noonan (3)
A J Honeyball 7
8th ¾ Local Show (IRE) 20/1 A P Heskin
B Pauling 9
9th Sam Red (FR) 14/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 6
10th nk Bennys King (IRE) 15/2 L Treadwell
Miss V Williams 6
11th hd Chesterfield (IRE) 10/1 Kevin Jones (5)
J W Mullins 7
12th 30 Will O'the West (IRE) 12/1 T J O'Brien
H D Daly 6
F Jaleo (GER) 8/1 Mr Alex Ferguson (7)
B Pauling 5
NR Little Boy Boru (IRE) 25/1 Jack Sherwood (3)
Miss S Smith 9

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