Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 110y

  • (4yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £19,954 2nd £7,486 3rd £3,748 4th £1,869 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.84s
  • Off time: 13:11:18

Full Result

13:10 Chepstow
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Marsh Warbler B Ellison 4 11-0 F Davis 8/1
SP 8/1 Made most, headed briefly before 3 out, ridden after last, kept on strongly flat
2nd 2 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) Miss V Williams 4 11-0 Aidan Coleman 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up in touch, took keen hold, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, led briefly before 3 out, ridden before next, kept on from last, always held opened 22/1
3rd ¾ 7 Smad Place (FR) A King 4 11-0 Wayne Hutchinson 9/4
SP 9/4 Held up in touch, headway to challenge 4 out, outpaced next, ridden before 2 out, kept on opened 2/1 £1000-£400 £2250-£1000 £900-£400
4th 6 Sam Winner (FR) P F Nicholls 4 11-0 A P McCoy 8/13f
SP 8/13f Tracked leaders, ridden and chance 2 out, no extra from last opened 8/11 £800-£1100(x4) £800-£1200 £400-£600(x6)
5th 10 1 Dolatulo (FR) P F Nicholls 4 11-0 Harry Skelton 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear and keen, ridden and one pace from 4 out, weakened after 2 out opened 14/1
6th 19 5 Royal And Ancient (IRE) M F Harris 4 11-0 pt D Crosse 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up towards rear on inside, pushed along before 4 out, weakened soon after
7th 17 3 Kalamill (IRE) S Lycett 4 11-0 t D F O'Regan 66/1
SP 66/1 With winner, jumped slow 2nd and reminders, weakened from 4 out
F 8 Flighty Frances (IRE) J L Flint 4 10-7 W T Kennedy 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up towards rear and not fluent, tracked leaders approaching 4th, jumped slow and lost place 4th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, fell next

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £10.20 Tote Place £1.80,£3.20,£1.10 Straight Forecast £105.03 Exacta £131.20 Trifecta £613.40 Swingers 1&2:£13.80 2&3:£9.40 1&3:£2.00

Jackpot £4,932.27 carried forward to Southwell, 9th Jan
Placepot £247.30, Pool: £134602.9, 397.19 winning tickets
Quadpot £61.00, Pool: £10245.46, 124.1 winning tickets


A surprise of sorts here although whether a progressive hat-trick-seeking gelding winning should be so is open to debate. MARSH WARBLER came into this race on the back of facile wins at Bangor and Sedgefield and he won this in the manner of a confident horse. Always travelling well at the head of affairs, Fearghal Davis was able to let his mount find a nice rhythm and he was one of the last to come off the bridle. Despite runners flanking him as they turned for home with four furlongs left to run, his young jockey didn't panic and as he fought off his rivals one by one, he then produced a magnificent leap at the last flight of hurdles to come home comfortably clear of Houblon Des Obeaux. Venetia Williams' charge ran a blinder on his British debut. He was another to travel powerfully and it was only in the last 100 yards that his persistent challenge to the leader was completely fended off. Alan King's Smad Place ran a strange race back in third. His jockey was keen for him to keep tabs on the leaders turning for home, and he then seemed to be outpaced when the race almost became a sprint. He ran on nicely at the death despite a moderate jump at the last and his trainer shouldn't be too disheartened by this run. Similarly hot favourite Sam Winner should still have the Triumph as his main aim. He was another to be niggled along half a mile out but he kept responding for his pilot. Further back Dolatulo pulled far too hard in the early stages and was never going to get the trip in this ground as a result. He is not done with yet at all and the Triumph Hurdle again should be the aim where he will get a stronger gallop to chase. It should be noted that the race, in testing conditions, was run at a moderate pace dictated by the winner. The flat recruit appears to have had more speed in his armoury than some of his other rivals and the acid test for the gelding will be at Cheltenham when he may not get his own way out in front. Bookmakers responded to this race by generally making the winner a co-favourite (with Sam Winner) for the Triumph. That seems fair for the winner but an over-reaction for the beaten favourite. However it might be, like Soldatino last season, that we still haven't seen the Triumph Hurdle winner on the racetrack yet.