A.P. Wins Sports Personality Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £22,532 2nd £8,488 3rd £4,248 4th £2,124 5th £1,064 6th £532 7th £264 8th £136
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 17.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:35

Full Result

15:20 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Big Buck's (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-7 A P McCoy 2/13f
SP 2/13f Tracked clear leader, closed up 7th, led narrowly after 4 out until before next, poised to challenge soon after, in lead and travelling strongly on bit as field came into view final 110 yards opened 1/6 £300-£1500 £100-£550
2nd 6 5 Lough Derg (FR) D Pipe 10 11-7 v T Scudamore 40/1
SP 40/1 Led and soon 12 lengths clear, reduced lead 7th, narrowly headed and driven after 4 out, led again under pressure before next, well held 2nd as field came into view final 110 yards, kept on gamely to hold 2nd
3rd hd 6 Restless Harry R Dickin 6 11-7 H Oliver 12/1
SP 12/1 Disputing 2nd behind clear leader, closed 7th, 2nd after 4 out until ridden and outpaced next, stayed on flat to close on well held 2nd close home
4th 20 4 Kayf Aramis N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-7 p P J Brennan 33/1
SP 33/1 Close up in chasing group, struggling in 5th after 4 out, poor 4th as field came into view final 110 yards, tailed off opened 28/1
5th 25 1 Afsoun (FR) N B King 8 11-7 Alex Merriam 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up last, hedway to 4th after 4 out, poor 5th as field came into view final 110 yards, tailed off opened 66/1
PU 3 Duc De Regniere (FR) N J Henderson 8 11-7 A Tinkler 9/1
SP 9/1 Close up in chasing group, apparently hit 7th, outpaced and struggling after 4 out, soon pulled up opened 17/2

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.10 Tote Place £1.10 £6.80 Straight Forecast £10.64 Exacta £12.50 Swingers 1&2 £2.70, 2&3 £5.90, 1&3 £1.40

Jackpot £3,934.33 carried forward to Taunton, 30th Dec, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot £74.60, Pool: £108288.43, 1058.58 winning tickets
Quadpot £54.10, Pool: £5376.05, 73.44 winning tickets

Analysis

BIG BUCK'S maintained his stranglehold on the staying hurdle division with another effortless success over a relatively modest field. He had upwards of 20lb in hand on official figures and wasn't hardpressed to win by 6 lengths under the champion jockey. This told us little that we didn't already know about the brilliant seven year-old but connections will have been delighted to get him back on the racecourse (as evidenced by owner Andy Stewart's decision to sponsor this rearranged prize) having missed Ascot in December. He will reportedly head to the Cleeve Hurdle next month before heading to Cheltenham and Aintree all being well and it will be a surprise if he isn't unbeaten at the end of the season such is his superiority. Lough Derg has run some admirable races during the course of his career but had been struggling to recapture his best form in the second half of last season and the first half of this term. This was much more encouraging as he kept on well for second having adopted his usual position at the head of affairs. This also represented a return to form from one of last season's leading novices in Restless Harry who may well have snatched second in another few strides. Robin Dickin has resisted the temptation to send his charge over fences this season and was rewarded with a couple of sound performances at Chepstow and Ascot but Restless Harry was disappointing in the Relkeel Hurdle last time. He had run well on this card 12 months ago when going close in the Challow and produced a decent performance to go down narrowly to Lough Derg but he is likely to remain hard to place this season and his future will lie over fences next term. Kayf Aramis has enjoyed some fine moments during his career but is up against it in this company and looks too high in the weights for handicaps. Duc De Regniere was the disappointment of the race and it remains to be seen whether anything will come to light but it may just be that the ground was too testing.