Betway Kingwell Hurdle
|Grade 2, Wincanton 14:45
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
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.
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.
Betway Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2)
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 65y, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Yanworth 2/5f||B J Geraghty
|2nd||1||Ch'tibello (FR) 8/1||Harry Skelton
|3rd||1¼||Sceau Royal (FR) 4/1||D A Jacob
|4th||12||Melodic Rendezvous 80/1||Matt Griffiths
|5th||20||Rayvin Black 25/1||Thomas Garner
|6th||19||Irving 16/1||Nick Scholfield
|P F Nicholls||9|
|NR||Seven Nation Army (IRE) 100/1||R P McLernon