Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €51,999 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 50.50s
  • Off time: 14:18:19

Full Result

14:15 Fairyhouse
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Jezki (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 5 11-10 A P McCoy 4/6f
SP 4/6f Chased clear leader in 4th, closer 3 out, progress to dispute when jumped left 2 out, ridden to lead before last where mistake, kept on well run-in opened 8/13
2nd 4 Zaidpour (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-10 p1 R Walsh 9/1
SP 9/1 Chased clear leader in 2nd, mistakes, closer 3 out, ridden in 3rd early straight and no impression before last, went 2nd run-in and kept on one pace under pressure opened 12/1
3rd ½ 5 Diakali (FR) W P Mullins 4 11-6 h P Townend 6/1
SP 6/1 Led, slight mistake 2nd and clear before next, extended lead after 4th, jumped left 6th, reduced advantage 3 out, joined next and headed approaching last, no impression in 3rd run-in opened 7/1
4th 13 3 Rule The World M F Morris 6 11-10 D N Russell 10/3
SP 10/3 Chased clear leader in 3rd, closer in 4th 3 out, no extra from next, slight mistake last opened 7/2 touched 3/1
5th 6 1 Dedigout (IRE) A J Martin 7 11-10 t B J Cooper 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased clear leader in rear, not fluent 6th, ridden approaching 4 out and closer next, under pressure and no impression entering straight, no extra opened 10/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.60 Tote Place £1.10 £2.30 Straight Forecast £7.77 Exacta £5.30

Placepot €302.40

Analysis

Hardly the strongest ever renewal and the depth of the race took a further blow with Rule The World running a long way below par; it's possible that the severe injury that he picked up in the spring has had more of a lasting effect than seemed evident when he won so well on his reappearance. A fine second in the Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival, it's to be hoped that there is nothing seriously amiss. The New One won that novice event in March and supporters of JEZKI would have been hoping for a more dominant display to challenge that one's position to the fore of the Champion Hurdle market. Instead, they got a satisfactory performance that would have been more convincing had he not got in to close to the last (he also jumped left-handed at the penultimate flight) but he never looked like losing. He looked happier being held-up off the strong pace on his first run over two and a half miles than when forced to make his own running on his reappearance and clearly relishes having a decent pace to aim at - something he didn't get in the Supreme. He's not as flashy as some of his rivals in the ante-post lists and does need to improve further but that's perfectly within the realms of possibility and this win was certainly not detrimental to his claims even if the style didn't enhance them in the manner that had been hoped for. Zaidpour had won this race last year and is a decent yardstick; he's now won just once in his last 14 starts but is a consistently useful performer, albeit at a level just shy of the best. Diakali set out to ensure that this was a decent test of stamina and he still appeared to be full of running turning for home. He lacked the same pace as the first two but stuck to his task well and should get his head in front again before long. Having enjoyed so much success in France in the summer, connections must have an eye on a return to the continent next year and that could affect how often we see him over the course of the winter as Willie Mullins' shuffles his not inconsiderable pack.