Today's racecards

Wincanton

  • 14:50 totepool.com Elite Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £32,746 2nd £12,288 3rd £6,152 4th £3,065
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 43.90s
  • Off time: 14:50:52
14:50 Wincanton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 10/3
2nd Prospect Wells (FR) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 111/15F- Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 210
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 163 10/34.33
2 5/302-11 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Local Hero (GER) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-12 p S Gollings P Bohan (7) 151 11/112.00
3 1111FU- Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 196
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 10-8 A King R Thornton 147 3/14.00
4 214453- Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Prospect Wells (FR) 211
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-7 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 146 2/13.00
5 16/2U5-F Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Escort'men (FR) 167
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-7 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon (3) 146 33/134.00
6 5/1619-3 Maroon and White (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Baby Mix (FR) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-4 T R George P J Brennan 143 6/17.00
7 11/0P26- Royal blue, light blue epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, light blue cap Topolski (IRE) 232
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-4 D W P Arbuthnot Tom Cannon (3) 140 50/151.00

Verdict

There's no Celestial Halo this year but Paul Nicholls is still represented by three useful hurdlers. Zarkandar won the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February and took on the best at Cheltenham and Aintree thereafter but Ruby Walsh has deserted him in favour of PROSPECT WELLS. The latter ran in all the top novice events last season and was rarely disgraced, being beaten less than three lengths when fifth at Cheltenham and then finishing third at Aintree. He may well have been let in lightly here and is preferred to the erratic Escort'men and four-year-olds Balder Succes and Baby Mix. Local Hero has won a couple of valuable handicaps over the summer at Market Rasen and has form at this level so can't be ignored.