40% Better Off On Betfair Sp 'fixed Brush' Handicap Hurdle (listed) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 18 runners)
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005 5th £2,010 6th £1,005
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 41.40s
  • Off time: 14:50:37

Full Result

14:50 Haydock Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 12 Grands Crus (FR) D Pipe 5 10-10 t T Scudamore 6/4f
SP 6/4f Held up behind, headway and in touch halfway, led after 4 out, not fluent next, drew clear from next, very easily opened 15/8 touched 11/8 £1125-£600 £750-£400(x2) £1300-£800(x3) £900-£600
2nd 10 13 Barafundle (IRE) Jennie Candlish 6 10-8 A O'keeffe 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, ridden after next, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner from 2 out, clear 2nd best opened 20/1
3rd 14 5 Peveril N J Henderson 6 11-4 A Tinkler 15/2
SP 15/2 Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch halfway, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, went 3rd next, kept on same pace, no chance with leading pair opened 7/1 touched 8/1
4th 1 Ballyfitz N A Twiston-Davies 10 11-12 David England 40/1
SP 40/1 Mid-division, struggling 8th, kept on under pressure from 3 out, never reached leaders opened 33/1
5th 3 3 Hills Of Aran W K Goldsworthy 8 11-11 R Flint 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders, reminder 6th, lost place next, weakened 4 out
6th nk 16 The Shy Man (IRE) G M Moore 7 10-7 F Keniry 20/1
SP 20/1 Behind, outpaced 4 out, stayed on under pressure from next, never near leaders
7th ¾ 15 Red Harbour (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 10-8 R Mahon (5) 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division on inside, headway and in touch 7th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened opened 20/1
8th 7 7 Captain Americo (IRE) J Ewart 8 10-13 Nick Scholfield 22/1
SP 22/1 Towards rear, struggling 8th, never near leaders opened 20/1 touched 25/1
9th 7 18 Thelobstercatcher P Bowen 6 10-3 p Donal Devereux (3) 18/1
SP 18/1 Towards rear, struggling halfway, never dangerous
10th 1 11 Fruity O'Rooney G L Moore 7 10-10 p A Glassonbury 25/1
SP 25/1 Led to 1st, tracked leader, led again before 4 out, headed soon after, weakened from next
11th 10 According To Pete J M Jefferson 9 10-10 G Lee 12/1
SP 12/1 In touch, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next opened 14/1
12th 14 Backbord (GER) Mrs L Wadham 8 10-8 t D C Costello 33/1
SP 33/1 Jumped slowly 2nd, always in rear
13th dist 4 James de Vassy (FR) Nick Williams 5 11-8 D A Jacob 7/1
SP 7/1 In touch, outpaced after 4 out, lost place next, soon weakened, tailed off opened 6/1
14th 29 8 Auroras Encore (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 8 10-13 Tjade Collier 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, outpaced 8th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off
15th dist 6 Khachaturian (IRE) D McCain Jnr 7 10-13 J M Maguire 28/1
SP 28/1 Led 1st, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 25/1
16th 12 17 Chester Lad G A Charlton 5 10-5 Jan Faltejsek 66/1
SP 66/1 Chased leaders to 6th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out opened 80/1
PU 9 Lord Generous N A Twiston-Davies 6 10-13 b1 P J Brennan 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure halfway, reminder 7th, lost place when mistake next, pulled up before 4 out opened 25/1
PU 2 Tasheba N J Henderson 5 11-12 D Bass (5) 28/1
SP 28/1 Mid-division on inside, reminder 6th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up opened 22/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.20 Tote Place £1.10,£4.40,£2.30,£8.50 Straight Forecast £22.29 Exacta £33.50 Trifecta £315.20 Swingers 1&2:£14.30 2&3:£40.90 1&3:£5.10

Placepot £161.30, Pool: £90177.81, 408.05 winning tickets
Quadpot £25.30, Pool: £7906.67, 230.85 winning tickets


GRANDS CRUS was saddled with a 6lb penalty for a very easy win at Cheltenham six days earlier but was due to go up by 19lbs following that performance; he may well go up by as much again following this display. David Pipe had suggested that he was a three mile chaser in the making after Cheltenham but this was his first run over this distance and came in a much stronger race than at Prestbury Park. He was settled towards the rear on the inside by Tom Scudamore for the first part of the race but made smooth progress to race on the heels of the first group in about seventh with a circuit to run. He could be called the winner a long way from home with all of his rivals being ridden and the only question was whether his stamina would last out; there were no problems on that score, nor with the brush hurdles and Tom Scudamore never had to get serious with him as he cantered clear. He has earned a break after two runs in a week on testing ground and will find life much harder when he returns but he's clearly progressing at a rate of knots and could make his mark in Graded hurdles when the ground is testing. Barafundle confirmed the good form of Jennie Candlish's team and was the only runner to give the favourite a race; he had run well at this track over regulation fences in May and is progressing well, albeit not as quickly as the winner. His future will depend on how the handicapper views this run as a marked rise in the weights may continue to leave him vulnerable. Peveril is shortly to embark on a chasing career and appeared to need this first run of the season as he seemed to blow up before getting a second wind on his first run at this trip. This was only the seventh outing of his career and he can be expected to make his mark over fences. Ballyfitz's chasing career has stalled due to jumping problems but he has an engine and left a disappointing reappearance behind him returned to hurdles. The handicapper knows where he stands with him but he's capable of popping up if everything drops right in a less competitive race. Hills Of Aran falls into a similar boat, The Shy Man and Captain Americo struggled to cope with 11lb and 15lb rises for wins in weaker races but there was encouragement to be taken from the runs of Red Harbour and James De Vassy on their first runs of the season with the latter looking a non-stayer on his first run over three miles.