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  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 3, 5 runners)
  • Winner £8,122 2nd £2,385 3rd £1,192 4th £596
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 21.90s
  • Off time: 16:10:27
Full result
Result 16:10 Newbury
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Unioniste 4/5f
2nd 2 Hadrian's Approach s.h 10/3

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 2/10P-12
Light Green, Dark Blue epaulets Our Father (IRE) 56
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:Timmy Murphy
  • Form: 2/10P-12
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8t1
  • OR: 149
  • Naps:
7 162 11-8 t1 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 149 4/1
2 1/1F-1F2
Grey, White epaulets Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 45
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1/1F-1F2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 147 10/3
3 71-2341
Red, Emerald Green star, hooped sleeves, Red cap, Emerald Green star Same Difference (IRE) 32
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 71-2341
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 137 9/1
4 65-1131
YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Unioniste (FR) 56
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 65-1131
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 153 4/5f
5 5/F46-3F
Brown, Turquoise Blue sleeves and cap Henry Hurst (IRE) 102
  • T:J C Fox
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: 5/F46-3F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 J C Fox A Thornton 150/1

In depth

Verdict

On a line through Dynaste, there isn't a great deal to choose between Hadrian's Approach and Unioniste and the latter was was getting 5lb when beating Walkon in a Grade 3 handicap over a shorter trip at Cheltenham last time. OUR FATHER was outstayed by Highland Lodge at Cheltenham last time but had won easily on his debut over fences at that track and this easier course may be in his favour. It's too early to give up on him just yet and he gets the nod here. Same Difference finally came good at Leicester last month but has a lot more on his plate here while it's impossible to fancy Henry Hurst in this company.

Formwatch

Unioniste (FR) 15-2 (9-9) Mid-division, hit 8th, headway 4 out, led narrowly after next, stayed on well approaching last, ridden clear flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec beating Walkon (10-12) by 11l, 14 ran.

Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mistake 1st, tracked leaders, effort 4 out, went 2nd next, kept on same pace, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Dynaste (11-7) at Kempton 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.

Same Difference (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Made all, jumped right 1st, clear 4 out, easily, won at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Jan beating Wiesentraum (11-7) by 26l, 6 ran.

Our Father (IRE) 8-11fav (11-9) In touch on outside, pressed winner from 3rd, outpaced when switched inside after 3 out, one pace in clear 2nd approaching next, no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 5, 22l behind Highland Lodge (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) hvy in Dec.

Henry Hurst (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Chased leader, blundered and fell 6th, in a race won by Molotof (11-2) at Taunton 2m nov chs (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.