Medinas takes Welsh Champion Hurdle
Medinas landed the William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las under skysports.com columnist Wayne Hutchinson.
Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:57pm
The field were tightly grouped for much of the two and a half mile contest with the jockeys wary of the extremely testing ground and half-way down the far side there were half a dozen horses spread across the width of the track vying for first.
Balder Succes and Oscara Dara moved well turning for home but in their slipstream, and seemingly travelling even better, was Tanerko Emery in the colours of Ffos Las supremo Dai Walters.
The run of David Pipe's charge rather flattened out in the long straight as the field became strung out.
Medinas challenged on the inside of the track but a peck at the second last flight appeared to have put paid to his chances and handed the advantage to Peckhamecho.
The latter appeared to have the race won with Tanerko Emery finding only the one pace but Hutchinson gathered up Medinas for another effort and the six year old ran on well to score by a length and a quarter.
"Once I got after him after the last, he kept finding for me and he's stuck it out well," said Hutchinson. "He'd been beaten off this sort of mark a couple of times before but he'd had two or three races in quite quick succession and now he's been freshened up by a break and he's come back an improved horse."
Speaking from Sandown, King said: "To be honest there's nothing between them on the ratings. I did say to Choc (Robert Thornton) yesterday "which one do you want to ride?" but we both agreed he should be on Balder Succes. He was disappointing, I don't think he stayed.
"I think Medinas is qualified for the Pertemps Final and I'll also put him in the Coral Cup."
Medinas was quoted at 20/1 with Paddy Power for the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.