Betway Kingwell Hurdle
Grade 2, Wincanton 14:45
£60,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m 7f 65y, Class 1   
Saturday 18th February 2017

1 Yanworth 2/5F
2 Ch'Tibello 8/1
3 Sceau Royal 4/1
6 ran NR: Seven Nation Army Distances: 1l, 1¼l, 12l
Time: 3m 47.10s (slow by 16.10s)

Very game win by Yanworth & Barry Geraghty

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Odds-on favourite Yanworth teed himself up for Cheltenham with victory in the Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

It wasn't exactly pretty but the 2/5 favourite won with his ears pricked and appeared to have a fair bit in hand in the two mile contest.

Fitted with cheekpieces for his first start since the Christmas Hurdle, there were concerns that this speed-favouring track wouldn't bring the best out of this son of Norse Dancer and so it proved.

Travelling well into the straight, he had been passed by both Sceau Royal and Ch'tibello approaching the last and looked in trouble with Barry Geraghty starting to get more serious.

Yanworth, however, found plenty for pressure and ran on to score by a length from Ch'tibello to head into the Stan James Champion Hurdle on the back of a near perfect preparation.

Sky Bet left the winner unchanged at 14/1 for the Champion Hurdle.


Betway Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2)
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 65y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Yanworth 2/5f B J Geraghty
A King 7
2nd 1 Ch'tibello (FR) 8/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 6
3rd Sceau Royal (FR) 4/1 D A Jacob
A King 5
4th 12 Melodic Rendezvous 80/1 Matt Griffiths
J Scott 11
5th 20 Rayvin Black 25/1 Thomas Garner
O Sherwood 8
6th 19 Irving 16/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 9
NR Seven Nation Army (IRE) 100/1 R P McLernon
A Dunn 8