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  • 15:35 Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 2) £60,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 4m 5.52s
  • Off time: 15:36:08
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15:35 Wincanton Result 15th February 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Melodic Rendezvous 11-10 Nick Scholfield J Scott 8 Evsf
Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching last, challenging when not much room and squeezed through to challenge flat, led and bumped 2nd final 100 yards, driven out opened 5/4 touched 5/4
2nd ½ Zarkandar (IRE) 11-10 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 7 11/10
Tracked leaders, went 2nd and stepped at 4th, led before 2 out, driven last, hung left flat, headed and bumped final 100 yards, no extra opened 11/8 touched 11/8
3rd 6 Grumeti 11-2 Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 7/1
Held up in last pair, headway to track leaders 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no impression when dropped to 3rd approaching last opened 5/1 touched 7/1
4th 20 Notarfbad (IRE) 11-2 Matt Griffiths J Scott 8 100/1
Raced keenly, led, pushed along and headed before 2 out, driven and weakened between last 2 opened 100/1 touched 100/1
5th 3 Golden Chieftain (IRE) 11-2 Brendan Powell C L Tizzard 9 33/1
Tracked leader, led 2nd until 4th, weakened 3 out opened 22/1 touched 33/1
6th 44 Red Riverman 11-2 D Crosse N A Twiston-Davies 6 100/1
Held up in last pair, hit 4th, never on terms, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.30,£1.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.10 2&3:£1.10 1&3:£1.80

Placepot: £12.40, Pool: £85434.47, 5021.82 winning tickets
Quadpot: £4.90, Pool: £4051.06, 611.0 winning tickets


Katchit was the last winner to go on and land the Champion Hurdle and it would be a more surprising result were MELODIC RENDEZVOUS able to do the same given that this year's Champion appears to have plenty of strength at the top of the market. Jeremy Scott's eight year old certainly heads the 'best of the rest' and this was his seventh win in 10 career starts and his third at this level; he's also a Grade One winner and has only finished outside the first two just once in his career when he had a valid excuse for his fifth in the Fighting Fifth, For all that, he's never given the impression that he has what it takes to trouble the best in this division but he's been a consistent performer at a high level and certainly deserves the chance to prove his doubters wrong. He looked in a spot of bother on the turn for home, becoming outpaced when the tempo quickened off a slow gallop but he actually won a shade cosily having squeezed through a gap against the hedge. He will hopefully arrive at Cheltenham in top form and have the opportunity to prove once and for all whether he can dine at the top table. Zarkandar doesn't even hold an entry for the Champion with connections convinced that he has the scope to challenge for the World Hurdle. In truth, having come up short in the last two renewals over the minimum, the options at the Festival were limited for this Triumph Hurdle winner and he looks well worth a try in the longer contest. He hurdled as well as ever here and travelled strongly through the race but lacked the turn of foot of the winner. His pedigree offers hope that he will stay and he'll form part of a strong team for his stable in the World Hurdle although his chance would be greatly improved were the ground to dry out. Grumeti was the only runner able to go with them but he was left behind before the last; this was, at least, a step back in the right direction following his Christmas Hurdle flop when the yard's runners were wrong but he has plenty to find with the main protagonists in this division and connections may need to explore other opportunities.