Today's racecards

Wincanton

  • 15:45 Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £39,907 2nd £14,973 3rd £7,497 4th £3,738
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 43.30s
  • Off time: 15:45:34
15:45 Wincanton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mille Chief (FR) 15/8
2nd Celestial Halo (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11-1113 Red, pink hoop and armlets Silviniaco Conti (FR) 70
Nag me
5 11-10 P F Nicholls A P McCoy 162 7/42.75
2 4F-F333 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-6 bt P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 158 8/19.00
3 111-212 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Overturn (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-6 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 163 4/15.00
4 B11-521 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Mille Chief (FR) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-2 A King R Thornton 158 15/82.88
5 20/0127- Maroon and Royal Blue stripes, chevrons on sleeves Ronaldo Des Mottes (FR) 302
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-2 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 151 12/113.00

Verdict

A small but very select field with four of the entries engaged in the Champion Hurdle and the other, Celestial Halo, in the World Hurdle. Paul Nicholls' charge produced one of his best-ever runs to land a Grade 2 handicap over the C&D in 2009 but is probably better over further nowadays and stablemate SILVINIACO CONTI is the more likely winner. Unbeaten in two runs in France before joining the champion trainer, he was very impressive on his first three starts for new connections and put in his best performance to date when chasing home Menorah and Cue Card in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham. He's probably better over a little further and is heavily penalised but his class can see him through. Mille Chief was mightily impressive when landing a Sandown handicap last month but this is a big step-up in class and Overturn may prove more of a threat as he produced another high-class effort to chase home Binocular in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Ronaldo Des Mottes hasn't yet made his mark at this level but his close second to Get Me Out Of here in last year's Totesport Trophy at Newbury pointed to his development and he can still make progress.