Elgin runs out impressive Kingwell winner

Elgin’s wonderful season continued by winning the Betway Kingway Hurdle at Wincanton.

Having already landed a big handicap at Ascot and the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, he added a Grade Two to his roll of honour.

Alan King has his team in excellent heart and the 5-1 shot is proving another money-spinner for his owners, the Elite Racing Club.

The start of the race was somewhat farcical with Cliffs Of Dover, off for over a year, gifted 15 lengths, but he ran too keen and soon began to back-pedal, eventually being pulled up.

Call Me Lord moved up menacingly with 2017 runner-up Ch’Tibello also holding claims, but Elgin took an early advantage in the straight and was not to relinquish it.

After the last Ch’Tibello tried in vain to get on terms but could only close to within two and a half lengths under Wayne Hutchinson.

It was a fourth win in the race for King after Katchit, Mille Chief and Yanworth last year, with Ch’Tibello second yet again.