Zak Newc Jan19-3

Comfortable win for Zakharova under a penalty

Zakharova made it two wins from three outings in bumpers with a comfortable victory at Newcastle under a winners penalty. She was giving the runner up 19 lbs.

She was arguably unlucky in her previous outing in a Listed race at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting when she encountered traffic problems but was still only 14 lengths behind the winner.

ZAKHAROVA, unplaced in a Grade 2 at the Aintree festival on her previous start in April, found these calmer waters much more to her liking, and having cruised to the front over 2f out she stayed on well to gain her second success from just three starts. This was not the strongest of contests but there was plenty to like about this success under her penalty.