Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3 Handicap) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 20 runners)
  • Winner £86,849 2nd £32,589 3rd £16,318 4th £8,128 5th £4,087 6th £2,044
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 6.16s
  • Off time: 15:36:40

Full Result

15:35 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 17 Splash of Ginge N A Twiston-Davies 6 10-10 Ryan Hatch (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 Led until approaching 4th, pressed leader, led again soon after 3 out, driven before last, stayed on strongly flat
2nd 14 Dell' Arca (IRE) D Pipe 5 10-12 T Scudamore 15/2
SP 15/2 Front rank, challenged and pushed right 3 out, chased winner 2 out, no impression when dropped to 3rd approaching last, stayed on to 2nd again close home, no impression on winner opened 8/1 touched 7/1
3rd nk 3 Irish Saint (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-7 t1 N D Fehily 6/1f
SP 6/1f Held up in mid-division on outside, headway 3 out, chased leaders disputing 2nd approaching next, ridden and went 2nd approaching last, no impression on winner, lost 2nd close home opened 13/2 £6500-£1000 £1950-£300
4th 2 16 Cheltenian (FR) P J Hobbs 8 10-10 R Johnson 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up in mid-division, headway on inside approaching 2 out, chased leaders approaching last, driven and stayed on same pace in 4th flat
5th nse 13 Swing Bowler D Pipe 7 10-12 C O'Farrell 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leaders on outside, mistake 4 out, ridden and staying on same pace and no impression when left 5th and slightly hampered last
6th 19 Alaivan (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 8 10-6 Maurice Linehan (5) 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in mid-division, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, rallied approaching last, stayed on under pressure flat, never going pace to reach leaders opened 14/1
7th 6 Chris Pea Green G L Moore 5 11-4 Joshua Moore (3) 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, kept on same pace and no impression last
8th ¾ 11 Vendor (FR) A King 6 11-0 Jack Doyle 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up last, mistake 1st, stayed on approaching last, ridden and no impression flat opened 14/1
9th 4 Smashing (FR) W P Mullins 5 11-5 A E Lynch 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, headway on outside and hanging left when pushed right 3 out, ridden and weakened between last 2 opened 11/1 £5000-£400(x2)
10th 5 15 Jumps Road C L Tizzard 7 10-11 Brendan Powell 33/1
SP 33/1 Never better than mid-diviison
11th 12 20 Totalize B Ellison 5 10-5 h Aidan Coleman 12/1
SP 12/1 Always towards rear, never in contention
12th 22 Poet C G Cox 9 10-0 James Banks (5) 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch on inside, ridden after 3 out, weakened soon after
13th 8 Deep Trouble (IRE) B I Case 7 11-2 h D A Jacob 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up towards rear, some headway on inside before 2 out, soon beaten
14th 7 Gibb River (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-4 A P McCoy 20/1
SP 20/1 Never travelled towards rear, niggled along to hold place after 1st, never a factor
15th 18 Recession Proof (FR) J J Quinn 8 10-10 Jake Greenall (3) 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leader until approaching 2nd, handy 3rd, stumbled badly next, weakened rapidly before 3 out, tailed off
16th 10 9 Montbazon (FR) A King 7 11-2 R Thornton 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, tailed off
17th 1 Rolling Star (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-12 B J Geraghty 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened quickly soon after, tailed off
18th 25 5 Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) Dr R D P Newland 8 11-5 bt Chris Ward (5) 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2nd, led approaching 4th where jumped right, went badly right again 3 out and soon headed, weakened rapidly, tailed off
PU 21 Prompter Jonjo O'Neill 7 10-3 D Elsworth 50/1
SP 50/1 Always in last pair, tailed off and pulled up before last
F 2 Far West (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-8 Mr H Derham (5) 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leaders, pushed right 3 out, ridden after 2 out, 5th and held when fell last
NR 10 Vasco Du Ronceray (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-1 D Bass
NR 12 First Avenue Mrs L J Mongan 9 10-13 Paddy Bradley (7)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £43.70 Tote Place £8.10,£2.20,£1.80,£3.20 Straight Forecast £246.95 Exacta £592.50 Trifecta £5765.70 Swingers 1&2:£36.20 2&3:£11.00 1&3:£67.50

Jackpot £15,492.18 carried forward to Leopardstown, 9th Feb, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot £48.10, Pool: £200572.31, 3041.56 winning tickets
Quadpot £27.30, Pool: £11156.13, 301.95 winning tickets


The first two home were prominent throughout with the third, fourth and final flight faller Far West all racing in the first half of the field and it proved difficult to come from off the pace. SPLASH OF GINGE continued the good run of novices in this race and paid a handsome compliment to the absent long-term ante-post favourite Irving who had the winner six lengths in arrears when winning at Ascot in December. Splash of Ginge had since finished well beaten in the Leamington Hurdle when held-up over further but clearly relished the return to front-running over the minimum. As his starting price suggests, he hadn't appeared to have masses in hand on light of his form in the book and there are caveats about the way the race was run and the testing ground but he beat the 'right' horses and fully deserved his win but it's not surprising that there was barely a ripple in the market for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Dell' Arca wasn't helped by being the meat in the sandwich when Act of Kalanisi again jumped out to his right at the first in the home straight but that's a long stretch short of suggesting that he was unlucky. He battled on well once headed by the eventual third and should continue to be competitive in similar contests. Irish Saint, wearing a tongue tie, was 'well-in' under his penalty for a wide margin win in a less competitive race over half a mile further and briefly looked the likeliest winner inside the final furlong only to flatten out close home. Clearly well suited by the testing conditions, he should make a cracking chaser next season and may not be given too hard a time for the remainder of this campaign. Stablemate Far West was struggling to make any impression on the first quartet but was still right in contention when falling at the last and may well have had a say in the finish. He had been treated for ulcers since disappointing at Haydock and this was a return to form and he shouldn't go up in the weights for this run which will leave him on a competitive mark. Cheltenian ran a fine race on his handicap debut, just holding on for fourth as he weakened close home. A second tilt at the Supreme may be ruled out after this defeat from 138 but connections will surely consider the County Hurdle for the former Champion Bumper winner although he will have a revised mark to cope with. Swing Bowler, third in this race off 2lb lower last year, was always well positioned but was slightly hampered in the Act of Kalanisi jump at the first in the straight and then got outpaced before getting a second wind and finishing with a rattle. This was an encouraging return to action from a mare that promises to deliver more; this effort won't have gone under the radar but she could be of interest if stepped up in trip for the Coral Cup. Alaivan had been well backed all week and was also doing his best work in the closing stages having slipped to a decent mark; there may be another race in him if the handicapper doesn't raise him. Chris Pea Green rates a solid yardstick in these races but connections may be regretting the decision to ride him with more restraint than has been the case. Exaggerated waiting tactics worked brilliantly for Vendor over two miles three here in November but failed to work the oracle over this shorter trip in a race where the leaders didn't come back. He made up plenty of ground in the straight and looks capable of winning another decent prize from his current mark. Smashing was ridden with more restraint than when winning his first two starts for the yard and is another who looks capable of better in a similar contest; he is only five and the best should still be to come. Rolling Star, who reportedly works the house down, now has something to prove while Totalize is developing a frustrating profile with disappointing runs here and in the Ladbroke with conditions to suit and may be better suited by a smaller field having run well at Cheltenham in between.