Unex Canaletto defied his 25-1 odds to land the Hunter Property Fund Management novices’ handicap hurdle race at Kelso yesterday for Langholm trainer James Ewart.
Relishing the better ground, the gelding was always handy, and cruised up the run-in for a four-length success.
The four-year-old carries the colours of the Craig Farm syndicate.
Ewart was deprived of a double when De Boitron held Beneficial Reform to take the feature Bedmax handicap chase (for the Haddington Jubilee Cup), scoring the first of two wins for trainer Ferdy Murphy.
Recording his first success in some four years, De Boitron seemed to appreciate the step up in trip, and stayed on strongly in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies.
“He is a good ground horse and the ground made all the difference,” explained trainer Ferdy Murphy.
“Sam said the trip helped him, and he was always travelling easily today.
“He might go for the Perth Gold Cup,” he added.
Kelso’s final fixture of the season takes place later this month with Ladies’ Day on Sunday, May 26.
Full report in next week’s Southern.
2.05 – JACK THE GENT (B Keniry) 5-4 fav; 2, Rhymers Ha’ 4-1; Robbie 15-8. Five ran. G Moore, Middleham.
2.35 – UNEX CANALETTO (B Hughes) 25-1; 2, Academy 12-1; 3, Glasson Lad 7-1. 12 ran. J Ewart, Langholm.
3.05 – BOBBLE HAT BOB (P Buchanan) 12-1; 2, Carrigdhoun 6-1; 3, Markadam 7-1. 10 ran. Miss L Russell, Milnathort.
3.35 – DE BOITRON (S Twiston-Davies) 12-1; 2, Beneficial Reform 6-1; 3, Lets Get Serious 20-1. 10 ran. F Murphy, Leyburn.
4.10 – ENDEAVOR (T Kelly) 7-2; 2, Musnad 9-4; 3, Smart Ruler 15-2. Six ran. D Sayer, Penrith.
4.45 – BOROLEE (T Kelly) 9-1; 2, Silver Steel 28-1; 3, Solway Donal 28-1. 14 ran. F Murphy.
5.20 – SECRETE STREAM 9-1 (B Hughes); 2, I Got Tower 13-2; 3, Ollie G 10-1. 13 ran. M Jefferson, Malton.