Today's racecards

Wincanton

  • 15:35 Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 7.30s
  • Off time: 15:35:31
15:35 Wincanton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 1/3
2nd Khyber Kim 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 FU-3108 Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 A King N Fehily 143 20/121.00
2 131129- BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 340
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 bt P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 161 12/113.00
3 1/15F-11 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 63
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 168 1/31.33
4 301-122 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Raya Star (IRE) 52
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-6 A King R Thornton 159 5/16.00
5 121496/ Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Khyber Kim 681
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-2 N J Henderson P J Brennan 147 14/115.00
6 21-1275 Royal Blue and Yellow check, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow spots, Royal Blue cap Monte Cavallo (SAF) 8
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-2 Miss R Curtis Patrick Corbett 133 100/1101.00

Verdict

This sharp track suits the attacking style of Celestial Halo and he's twice finished second in this race. However, he makes his seasonal reappearance today and Paul Nicholls has much better claims with ZARKANDAR. He was giving 16lb to Balder Success when beating him by seven lengths in the Elite Hurdle over course and distance in November and has won another Grade 2 at Cheltenham since when champion hurdler Rock On Ruby was back in third. Raya Star has proved himself at this level this year and easily has the beating of Monte Cavallo on Ascot running earlier this season. Khyber Kim was a smart hurdler in his heyday but has had his problems over the last couple of years and would probably struggle to win this even at his best.