Paul Nicholls: a third win in the race since 2008
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Mark Scully 2:45PM 14 JAN 2017
Report: Kempton, Saturday
32Red Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m5f, 4yo+
MODUS ran out a ready winner to hand his trainer Paul Nicholls a third Lanzarote victory in ten years and jockey Barry Geraghty a second.
The JP McManus-owned son of Motivator travelled powerfully into contention as the field turned for home and eventually took it up from Templeross, who had been up with what appeared to be a generous pace throughout.
Templeross kept on to take second from Lord Of The Island as the sustained gamble on Chesterfield went awry, with fellow leading fancy Jaleo having unseated Alex Ferguson at the first flight.
The success will be a welcome one for all connections of Modus, the seven-year-old having so often promised to deliver a big-race victory before failing to hit the target on the day.
Supporters had little to worry about this time, with Modus an eye-catching mover throughout. With the field tightly packed from first to last, Geraghty positioned Modus almost widest of all, giving his mount a clear look at his hurdles.
The winning margin was two and three quarters lengths to Templeross, with a further five back to Lord Of The Island in third as Modus returned the 7-1 winner.
Paddy Power responded by introducing Modus as a 10-1 chance for the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
More to follow . . .