Ffos Las

  • 14:05 Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Champion Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £31,280 2nd £9,240 3rd £4,620 4th £2,310
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 35.50s
  • Off time: 14:05:25
14:05 Ffos Las Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 2/1
2nd Whisper (FR) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 10-5411 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 21
Nag me
5 11-10 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (5) 158 2/13.00
2 141-331 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Whisper (FR) 35
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 10-13 N J Henderson A Tinkler 147 6/42.50
3 2113/P2 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Grand Vision (IRE) 21
Nag me
8 10-8 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 142 5/16.00
4 492231 Maroon, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, White cap Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-4 p P Bowen Donal Devereux 136 8/19.00
6 1F39-F7 Beige, grey epaulets Swnymor (IRE) 21
Nag me
5 10-4 t1 Miss R Curtis P E Corbett (5) 132 16/117.00
7 7-71427 Emerald Green and White (quartered), Orange and White halved sleeves, Orange cap, White star Home Run (GER) 21
Nag me
6 10-4 b D Pipe Kieron Edgar (7) 130 11/112.00
Non runners
5655/802Alaivan (IRE)810-4Jonjo O'NeillMaurice Linehan135

Verdict

After beating Home Run by eight lengths at Sandown in December, SAPHIR DU RHEU had the Pipe inmate even further behind when storming to an impressive victory in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton and it's difficult seeing the latter reversing the form here. Paul Nicholls' grey is a very smart performer over this intermediate distance and can land the hat-trick with Harry Derham again claiming a valuable 5lb. Whisper returned to winning ways at Newbury but was more than nine lengths behind the selection at Sandown earlier. He does enjoy a 21lb turnaround in the weights, however, and must be a threat in the colours of local owner Dai Walters. Grand Vision and Alaivan both ran well on heavy going last time and Awaywiththegreys won at Chepstow, though has more on his plate in this.