Haydock Park

  • 14:40 StanJames.com Champion Hurdle Trial 2m

  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.00s
  • Off time: 14:40:42
14:40 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Melodic Rendezvous 7/4
2nd Ptit Zig (FR) Evs

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 131-212 ROYAL BLUE and ORANGE check, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, ORANGE star Ptit Zig (FR) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-12 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 159 Evs2.00
2 9F-3012 RED and YELLOW check, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-8 D O'Meara Timmy Murphy 141 16/117.00
3 2111-15 Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle and armlets, check cap Melodic Rendezvous 49
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-8 J Scott Nick Scholfield 152 7/42.75
4 563011 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 bt Dr R D P Newland A P McCoy 143 15/28.50
5 16-0613 Yellow, black hoops, striped sleeves, red cap Jumps Road 35
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 135 28/129.00
6 335-253 Royal Blue, Emerald Green and Royal Blue hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Morning Royalty (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 James Moffatt B Hughes 130 50/151.00

Verdict

PTIT ZIG had the highly regarded Un Temps Pour Tout, engaged in the previous race, back in third when landing a Grade 1 hurdle at Auteuil in November. He's since run really well carrying top weight in the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot and should have enough to keep Melodic Rendezvous at bay in this. The latter couldn't live with My Tent Or Yours in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle last time but revels in this more testing ground and looks a genuine threat. The remainder have some catching up to do to match the principals, but Act Of Kalinisi is an improving handicapper and Ifandbutwhynot landed a Listed handicap at Newbury before finding the progressive Strongpoint too good at Musselburgh.