coral.co.uk Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 110y

  • (3yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.90s
  • Off time: 14:03:33

Full Result

14:00 Chepstow
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Le Rocher (FR) Nick Williams 3 11-0 R Johnson 11/2
SP 11/2 Tracked leader until mistake 2nd, stayed handy, challenged 4 out, soon led, hit 2 out, driven and stayed on well flat opened 5/1
2nd 3 Kentucky Hyden (IRE) N J Henderson 3 11-0 D Bass 2/1
SP 2/1 Led, ridden and headed after 4 out, stayed on under pressure, no impression towards finish opened 9/4
3rd 16 6 Violet Dancer G L Moore 3 11-0 J E Moore 11/4
SP 11/4 Held up in touch in 4th, took keen hold, challenging when not fluent 4 out, beaten 2 out, no extra before last opened 5/2
4th 18 5 Solar Impulse (FR) P F Nicholls 3 11-0 D A Jacob 15/8f
SP 15/8f Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 2nd, not fluent when challenging next, mistake 4th, ridden and lost 2nd just before 4 out, weakened approaching next opened 9/4
5th 50 1 Arty Campbell (IRE) B J Llewellyn 3 11-0 Paul Moloney 33/1
SP 33/1 In rear, mistake 1st, awkward and lost touch 3rd, tailed off
NR 2 Chocala (IRE) A King 3 11-0 W Hutchinson

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.20 Tote Place £2.20 £1.30 Straight Forecast £17.64 Exacta £14.00 Trifecta £33.50

Jackpot £7,672.90 carried forward to Doncaster, 29th Dec
Placepot £498.50, Pool: £211032.08, 309.0 winning tickets
Quadpot £218.30, Pool: £13218.46, 44.8 winning tickets

Analysis

This race has had some bearing on the Triumph Hurdle in recent years with Mysilv winning both races in 1993/4 although, more recently, Franchoek and Walkon did both go on to finish second at Cheltenham while Countrywide Flame finished second here before winning in Gloucestershire. The conditions that usually prevail at each venue are often contrasting and it remains to be seen how LE ROCHER adapts to quicker ground while his connections by no means regard the Festival as the be all and end all of a horse's season. A son of the increasingly influential Saint Des Saints, he seems certain to stay further in time and looks a very smart prospect having seen off a decent yardstick with a degree of comfort despite a couple of notable mistakes. He quickened clear between the last two but was steadied into the last obstacle allowing his rival to close but still had enough left to pull away again on the run to the line. Nick Williams won this race with Me Voici, who only managed two more starts (winning a Grade One), while he also saddled multiple Grade One winner Reve de Sivola to finish second and there was nothing in this performance to suggest his assessment of Le Rocher as 'an exciting horse' is wide of the mark. Kentucky Hyden relished the return to racing on a more testing surface after a 'surprise' defeat at Cheltenham. He appeared to run right up to form and gave it his best shot but just found one too strong on the day; his trainer has already suggested that he may be more of a 'Fred Winter' horse but he may already have shown his hand as far as that contest goes. That race may also prove to be the best route for Violet Dancer who failed to live up to market expectations as he lost his unbeaten record over hurdles. He travelled well into the straight but was left trailing in the final three furlongs. There was market confidence behind Solar Impulse on his British debut but it proved misplaced as he was the first of the leading quartet to come under pressure and the response was limited. Clearly held in some regard at his powerful stable, it would be no surprise to see him leave this form behind.