Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m 1f

  • (4yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £42,202 2nd £15,900 3rd £7,958 4th £3,975 5th £1,995 6th £998 7th £495 8th £255
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 14:26:22

Full Result

14:25 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Reve de Sivola (FR) Nick Williams 8 11-7 R Johnson 11/5
SP 11/5 Made all, hit 5th, not fluent 8th, clear 3 out, reduced lead and hit 2 out, clear again and in command between last 2, left further clear at the last opened 5/2 touched 9/4 £1250-£500
2nd 10 4 Salubrious (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-7 D A Jacob 6/1
SP 6/1 Held up in 5th, closer order approaching 8th, 3rd travelling well before 2 out, closing in 2nd when blundered and stumbled on landing 2 out, ridden and no impression in 3rd when switched right before last, left modest 2nd at the last, not recover opened 15/2
3rd 37 6 Tweedledrum T Symonds 6 11-0 p Felix De Giles 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up in 4th, hit 7th, dropped to rear next, left poor 3rd at the last, tailed off
4th 5 Time For Rupert (IRE) P R Webber 9 11-7 D F O'Regan 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked winner, lost 2nd soon after 3 out, weakened before next, left poor 4th at the last, tailed off opened 14/1
UR 1 At Fishers Cross (IRE) Miss R Curtis 6 11-7 A P McCoy 7/10f
SP 7/10f Tracked leading pair, closer order to dispute 2nd when hit 3 out, 2nd soon after, closed approaching 2 out, ridden and no impression between last 2, well held when blundered badly and unseated rider last opened 4/6 touched 8/11 £800-£1000(x2) £400-£500(x3) £800-£1100 £509-£700 £364-£500
NR 2 Celestial Halo (IRE) P F Nicholls 9 11-7 Non Runner

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.80 Tote Place £1.20 £2.20 Straight Forecast £14.47 Exacta £8.00 Trifecta £99.00

Jackpot £22,495.30, Pool: £95050.64, 3.0 winning tickets
Placepot £320.40, Pool: £239852.23, 546.46 winning tickets
Quadpot £34.00, Pool: £17671.6, 384.6 winning tickets

Analysis

As far as implications for the World Hurdle go, this result was more about who wasn't here rather than those that were with Big Buck's pleasing connections in a racecourse gallop and Tony McCoy and Daryl Jacob singing the praises of More Of That earlier this week. It was no surprise to see the latter cut for Cheltenham following this race; not only because of the disappointing run of At Fishers Cross (who is in the same ownership) but also because of the run of Salubrious who More Of That had brushed aside in the Relkeel Hurdle. Salubrious was ridden more patiently on this step back up in trip but made ground smoothly considering the conditions and looked set to have a big say in the finish of this contest until blundering his chance away at the second last. This was a highly encouraging run from this progressive stayer and confirmation of the talent of his lightly raced Cheltenham conqueror; he's a top price 25/1 chance for the World Hurdle and is an interesting outsider at this stage as he runs that track well, is being aimed at the race and is progressing rapidly and may prove even better on faster ground. Whether he would have got past REVE DE SIVOLA can only be a matter of conjecture as the winner isn't a flashy individual and he does keep finding. The eight year old rarely (if ever) has his conditions at the spring festivals but has still finished in the frame twice at Cheltenham as well as taking fourth behind Solwhit in the World Hurdle and has also won at Punchestown as well as chasing home Quevega (when the going was heavy) last season. There is no doubt that he is a high-class performer granted his ground as advertised by the fact that this was his fifth Grade One success and this race at this time of year plays to his strengths. The double figure quotes are fair and, although he doesn't have the ability of a Big Buck's or a Quevega, he's right up there with the best of the rest and there will be worse each-way bets. It seems a little surprising that At Fishers Cross is still quoted at shorter in the ante-post markets as he blundered his chance away for the second successive time. His jumping again failed to impress and there were a couple of notable errors until the final one which came when he looked held and on the verge of surrendering second. Having looked so good as a novice, it's hard to explain away his two runs this season and connections have plenty of work on their hands if he's to develop into a contender in this division. Time For Rupert was sensibly pulled up very quickly on this latest comeback and it's to be hoped that his jockey was just erring on the side of caution rather than there being anything seriously amiss while Tweedledrum completed to earn some valuable black type.