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 £2,043
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 51.90s
  • Off time: 13:16:30

Full Result

13:15 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Zarkandar (IRE) P F Nicholls 5 11-1 R Walsh 11/4f
SP 11/4f Mid-division, pushed along and no impression approaching 3 out, rallied 2 out, led flat, stayed on well
2nd 3 Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 8 11-1 t Maurice Linehan (7) 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, tracking leaders when badly hampered 2 out, every chance flat, held close home opened 20/1
3rd s.h 14 Raya Star (IRE) A King 6 10-3 R Thornton 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, challenged approaching last, stayed on, held towards finish
4th 9 Sire De Grugy (FR) G L Moore 6 10-7 J E Moore 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up in touch, not fluent 3rd or 5th, challenged before 3 out, led after next, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra close home opened 16/1
5th 16 Olofi (FR) T R George 6 10-0 pt P J Brennan 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, switched right and pressing leaders last, no impression flat opened 9/1
6th nse 8 Sailors Warn (IRE) E J O'Grady 5 10-7 A E Lynch 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, headway on inside approaching 5th, led before 3 out, headed after 2 out, not fluent last, no extra towards finish opened 40/1
7th 1 Brampour (IRE) P F Nicholls 5 11-12 Mr H Derham (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear, behind approaching 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, nearest finish opened 40/1
8th 17 Rigidity Tim Vaughan 5 10-0 t1 Mr R J Kirk (5) 66/1
SP 66/1 Tracked leaders, hit 1st, ridden after 5th, lost place when hampered 2 out
9th ¾ 19 Abergavenny B Ellison 5 10-0 Felix de Giles 14/1
SP 14/1 With leader, led 2nd until next, prominent, ridden after 5th, lost place approaching 2 out opened 20/1
10th 11 Third Intention (IRE) C L Tizzard 5 10-6 J Tizzard 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up towards rear, some headway 2 out, soon no impression opened 11/1
11th s.h 7 Via Galilei (IRE) G L Moore 7 10-8 Joshua Moore (5) 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, mistake next, hampered on bend after 5th, headway when badly hampered 2 out, rider having tack problems briefly and not recover opened 40/1
12th hd 10 Desert Cry (IRE) D McCain Jnr 6 10-7 J M Maguire 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear, headway on inside after 3 out, weakened after next
13th 15 Ciceron (IRE) Miss V Williams 6 10-0 Aidan Coleman 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up towards rear, ridden and switched right after 3 out, no impression opened 28/1
14th 6 13 Alarazi (IRE) Mrs L Wadham 8 10-3 R Johnson 33/1
SP 33/1 Prominent, took keen hold, every chnace 3 out, badly hampered next, weakened approaching last
15th 12 Empire Levant (USA) P F Nicholls 5 10-4 D A Jacob 12/1
SP 12/1 Prominent until before 2 out
16th 5 18 Ericht (IRE) N J Henderson 6 10-0 A Tinkler 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, weakened approaching 2 out
17th 6 20 Double Ross (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 6 10-0 William Twiston-Davies (7) 100/1
SP 100/1 Led until 2nd, led next until before 3 out, weakened approaching next
18th 4 Final Approach W P Mullins 6 11-0 P Townend 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, hit 2nd, lost place approaching 4th, well beaten after 3 out
PU 5 Soldatino (FR) N J Henderson 6 10-12 B J Geraghty 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 4th, pushed along and lost place after 5th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out
F 6 Darlan N J Henderson 5 10-10 A P McCoy 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, going well and challenging when fell 2 out opened 11/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £4.40 Tote Place £1.50,£3.60,£2.80,£3.30 Straight Forecast £38.96 Exacta £58.10 Trifecta £3768.60 Swingers 1&2:£15.70 2&3:£42.80 1&3:£7.80

Jackpot £743.00, Pool: £126494.09, 120.86 winning tickets
Placepot £19.90, Pool: £112013.42, 4090.53 winning tickets
Quadpot £16.90, Pool: £8927.02, 390.15 winning tickets


This was no place for the faint-hearted as a moderate early gallop meant there were plenty in with a chance leaving the back straight as runners got in the way of each other. Darlan was at the centre of the carnage as he came down two out at the head of affairs. He gave Tony McCoy a horrible fall and seriously hampered Get Me Out Of Here and Alarazi in the process. Darlan was still travelling strongly and seemed to have every chance of maintaining his unbeaten record so lets hope this traumatic incident does not leave any lasting scars. ZARKANDAR was in behind a wall of horses with three to jump and his cause looked less than rosy. Ruby Walsh managed to roust him into contention and he began to make good progress to get on the heels of the front rank at the last. A slick jump helped his cause and then he showed good determination to squeeze between rivals and edge ahead in the final 100 yards to win going away. He is now clear second favourite behind Hurricane Fly for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and although more will be needed again, his trainer felt he will "come on a ton". He has done nothing wrong to date, jumps with fluency and has a great attitude so should be on the premises at the Festival. Get Me Out Of Here ran a screamer and showed tremendous toughness under his young rider. He barely batted an eyelid despite virtually tripping over the stricken Darlan and stuck on really well to the line. Raya Star followed up his win in the Ladbroke at Ascot with another excellent effort and is progressing well. He will have entries in the County Hurdle and the Coral Cup at Cheltenham. This race had been the target for Sire De Grugy for some time and his trainer produced him spot on for the big day. He was quite keen in the early stages but came through to lead two out before being swallowed up on the run-in when outstayed by the front three. A speed test around Aintree could be the right way to go with him. Not for the first time, Olofi caught the eye for the future. Well in rear during the early stages, he crept into the race up the home straight and looked a big threat from two out. He had to switch around Raya Star on the run to the last and although he jumped it well, perhaps did not find quite as much as expected. A stiffer finish at Cheltenham over two miles might help and he could be worth trying over further so the Coral Cup could be an attractive option. Sailors Warn only gave best in the final half-furlong and there could be a nice prize in him somewhere down the line. Brampour ran on from miles back and fared quite well under his big weight. He now heads for the Champion Hurdle as well as Zarkandar.