StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner £58,521 2nd £22,048 3rd £11,034 4th £5,512 5th £2,766 6th £1,383 7th £686 8th £354
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 2.80s
  • Off time: 14:20:55
Full result
Result 14:20 Newcastle
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Countrywide Flame 11/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 5227/24
Black and Light Blue check, Black sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Red cap Bothy 13
  • T:B Ellison
  • J:Danny Cook
  • Form: 5227/24
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 B Ellison Danny Cook 142 10/1
2 0/21111-
Black, emerald green chevrons on sleeves Cinders And Ashes 263
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 0/21111-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 151
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 151 10/11f
3 212312-
Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Countrywide Flame 49
  • T:J J Quinn
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 212312-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 152
  • Naps:
4 161 11-7 J J Quinn D F O'Regan 152 11/4
4 12132-2
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Trifolium (FR) 44
  • T:C Byrnes
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 12132-2
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7p
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 p C Byrnes A E Lynch 147 4/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Overturn (IRE)
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
7 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 7/4
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In depth

Verdict

A small but select field though not the turnout the racecourse would have hoped for. Bothy is a tremendously consistent handicapper who has been supplemented but will need to find a bit extra in this grade. No four-year-old has been successful in the past ten years but there have been few of that age as tough and talented as Countrywide Flame. John Quinn's Triumph Hurdle winner just failed in his bid to add the Cesarewitch to his ever growing tally and wasn't concerned by the heavy ground when runner-up to Hollow Tree in Chepstow's Finale Hurdle in December. Donald McCain has won this for the past two years with Peddlers Cross and Overturn. He is represented here by rising star CINDERS AND ASHES, who can complete a hat-trick for the yard. The Supreme Novice Hurdle winner progressed at a rate of knots last season and his previous two victories before Cheltenham were gained on very heavy ground. He had Trifolium just under two lengths behind in the Supreme so there shouldn't be much between them on that evidence but the Irish raider ran a shocker on his reappearance at Punchestown and potential punters will need to forgive that.

Formwatch

Countrywide Flame 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, left in narrow lead approaching 4th, not fluent 2 out, hard pressed when switched right between last 2, ridden and headed flat, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Grumeti (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Apr.

Cinders And Ashes 10-1 (11-7) In touch on inside, hit 4th, effort 2 out, led narrowly when hit last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar beating Darlan (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 19 ran.

Bothy 12-1 (11-1) Always prominent on outside, ridden to challenge after 2 out, came towards stands side rail and led before last, headed soon after, no extra flat, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 18, 4l behind Olofi (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.

Trifolium (FR) 8-15fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, not fluent 1st & 4th, no chance with easy winner from early straight, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 32l behind Miley Shah (10-11) at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Oct.