Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 17.50s
  • Off time: 14:01:45
Full result
Result 14:00 Newbury
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Big Buck's 1/12f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1/11111-
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 233
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1/11111-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 174
  • Naps:
9 162 11-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 1/12f
2 2260-04
Red and Yellow (quartered), hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Five Dream (FR) 17
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 2260-04
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 147 33/1
3 3119-01
White, Grey spots, White cap Fox Appeal (IRE) 26
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 3119-01
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 148 12/1
4 33/4753-
White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve de Sivola (FR) 350
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 33/4753-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 Nick Williams D A Jacob 143 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Big Buck's (FR)
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
8 11-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 1/8
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In depth

Verdict

BIG BUCK'S is hardly an original selection but the nine-year-old is simply impossible to oppose as he bids to extend an unbeaten run that stretches back 17 races and almost four years. Five Dream has had a rear view of his stable companion on numerous occasions while Fox Appeal is taking a huge step up in class after winning a Kempton handicap, though does have a bit of scope. Reve De Sivola is a dual Grade 1 winner over hurdles but it's almost a year since he was last on the racecourse and is better known as a chaser nowadays. How he will cope with a switch back to the smaller obstacles after a lay-off is anybody's guess.

Formwatch

Big Buck's (FR) 2-9fav (11-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 4 out, led next, pushed clear from 2 out, unchallenged, won at Aintree 3m hdl G1 (1) gs in Apr beating Crack Away Jack (11-7) by 9l, 8 ran.

Reve de Sivola (FR) 11-4fav (10-4) Chased leaders, effort when hampered and left in 3rd at 2nd last, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 12, 7l behind The Minack (11-1) at Ascot 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Dec '11.

Fox Appeal (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Held up, headway 3 out, ridden to lead last, ran on, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov beating Medinas (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.

Five Dream (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Held up tracking leading trio, went 3rd at 8th, pushed along before 3 out, driven before 2 out, stayed on same pace between last 2, never able to challenge, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Stars Du Granits (10-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.