Stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle (grade 1) 2m 100y

  • (4yo+, 2m 100y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £51,309 2nd £19,251 3rd £9,639 4th £4,806 5th £2,412
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 59.60s
  • Off time: 12:28:25

Full Result

12:25 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Peddlers Cross (IRE) D McCain Jnr 5 11-7 J M Maguire 9/4
SP 9/4 Chased clear leader, closed 2nd, challenged 3 out, soon led, ridden and strongly pressed last, stayed on strongly flat opened 5/2 £1375-£500 £1100-£400 £2500-£1000 £1000-£400(x2) £900-£400
2nd 5 Starluck (IRE) A Fleming 5 11-7 Timmy Murphy 7/1
SP 7/1 Held up last, good headway to chase leaders and went left 2 out, driven to chase winner flat and stayed on but always held opened 6/1 £3000-£400
3rd 6 1 Binocular (FR) N J Henderson 6 11-7 A P McCoy 5/6f
SP 5/6f Held up in 4th, headway on inside to 3rd before 2 out, chased winner between last 2 and every chance last, lost 2nd and weakened flat opened 10/11 £2000-£2000 £500-£500 £2000-£2200 £1000-£1100(x27) £800-£880 £500-£550(x3) £2000-£2400(x2) £1000-£1200(x3) £875-£1050 £833-£1000(x2) £500-£600
4th 6 2 Bygones of Brid (IRE) Karen Mclintock 7 11-7 G Lee 66/1
SP 66/1 Led at decent pace, clear when slow and reduced lead 2nd, ridden and joined when hit 3 out, soon headed, lost 2nd next, edged left under pressure and weakened before last
5th 17 3 Nearby P J Hobbs 6 11-7 R Johnson 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leading pair, ridden pushed left and stumbled 2 out, outpaced soon after

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.10 Tote Place £1.80 £2.40 Straight Forecast £15.92 Exacta £13.10

Jackpot £15,041.40, Pool: £21185.17, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot £69.40, Pool: £185372.73, 1947.38 winning tickets
Quadpot £18.30, Pool: £13598.75, 547.05 winning tickets

Analysis

PEDDLERS CROSS made a successful start to his second season as a hurdler and put himself firmly into the Champion Hurdle picture with a convincing success. The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle winner was one of the lowest-rated top novices for a long time but victories here and by Menorah in the Greatwood suggest that they are well up to scratch. The drop back in trip in a race run at a steady pace (set by Bygones Of Brid) was a potential problem for Donald McCain's charge but he proved his versatility and speed for the two mile division with a game display to keep his unbeaten record intact. He raced in second until joining Bygones Of Brid at the first flight (third last) in the home straight and saw off the challenges of Binocular and then Starluck as he kept pulling out more. He will be expected to improve for this return and will be better suited by a more strongly run race. Starluck travelled as well as ever in rear and Timmy Murphy was keen to delay his challenge until the last possible moment; he more or less got upsides in the run to the line but never really looked like mastering the eventual winner. He has been labelled a bridle-horse in the past which is a little harsh but flat tracks certainly suit him best and he should continue to acquit himself creditably in the two mile division with the Christmas Hurdle his next target and connections expect him to improve for this run. Binocular was a major disappointment in last year's renewal at Newcastle but hurdled with his trademark fluency and moved strongly into a challenging position in the straight. Tony McCoy looked a little uneasy approaching the second last but was still vying for the lead jumping the last and it wasn't until the final half a furlong that they gave way. This was a satisfactory return to action from the reigning Champion Hurdler who didn't appear to have too hard a race and he can be expected to improve significantly from the run having reportedly taken a blow coming to the last; last season was more or less a write off prior to March and, in all probability, there is really only one race that matters in his campaign. This was a more encouraging performance from Bygones Of Brid who had proved very disappointing on his seasonal return (as he has in the past) and chase debut; connections have the choice of handicap hurdles or going back over fences. Nearby has made rapid strides over the summer - climbing almost 2 stone in the weights - but proved very disappointing on this step up in class; he may be better suited by spring ground and deserves a break after a successful period but there is a strong suspicion that his mark flatters him.