John Smith's Hurdle (registered As The West Yorkshire Hurdle) (grade 2) 3m 1f

  • (4yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £18,528 2nd £6,952 3rd £3,481 4th £1,736 5th £871 6th £436
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 9.90s
  • Off time: 14:50:34

Full Result

14:50 Wetherby
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Fair Along (GER) P J Hobbs 8 11-8 p R Flint 6/1
SP 6/1 Led after 1st, not fluent 6th, headed approaching 8th, led before 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on gamely opened 13/2 touched 11/2
2nd 6 Kayf Aramis N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-0 P J Brennan 11/2
SP 11/2 Chased leaders, progess to close on winner approaching 3 out, switched right after 2 out, stayed on flat, always behind held opened 6/1
3rd 8 2 Tidal Bay (IRE) J Howard Johnson 9 11-8 B Hughes 5/2
SP 5/2 Mid-division, lost ground approaching 8th, went 5th and closing when hit 3 out, soon no impression on leaders, went 3rd last opened 11/4
4th 4 5 Duc De Regniere (FR) N J Henderson 8 11-0 B J Geraghty 9/4f
SP 9/4f Mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway when not fluent 8th, went 3rd 3 out, mistake and weakened next opened 15/8
5th 17 8 Raslan D Pipe 7 11-0 vt Danny Cook 10/1
SP 10/1 Led until after 1st, pressed leader until led again before 8th, ridden and headed when hit 3 out, soon weakened opened 12/1
6th 6 3 Blazing Bailey A King 8 11-0 Christian Williams 12/1
SP 12/1 Chased leaders, pushed along after 6th, dropped rear approaching 8th, soon behind opened 11/1
7th dist 7 Majestic Mayhem (IRE) G M Moore 7 11-0 S Thomas 66/1
SP 66/1 Always behind opened 50/1
PU 4 Coastley (IRE) D Carr 8 11-0 G Lee 28/1
SP 28/1 Not fluent towards rear, headway 8th, mistake next, soon ridden and lost place, pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.50 Tote Place £1.90,£1.50,£1.30 Straight Forecast £36.42 Exacta £38.40 Trifecta £124.60 Swingers 1&2:£7.10 2&3:£3.60 1&3:£4.80

Placepot £19.80, Pool: £95410.68, 3506.18 winning tickets
Quadpot £10.90, Pool: £5461.82, 370.8 winning tickets


A race that has gone to the likes of Inglis Drever and Black Jack Ketchum in the past but this renewal followed the trend of the last couple of years and featured no realistic contenders for the Stayers Crown. FAIR ALONG had 4lbs more to carry this term having picked up this race by 18 lengths 12 months ago and he also had something to prove having disappointed in each of his three subsequent starts but his trainer reported him to be in good order and he has always gone well when fresh. He adopted his usual position towards the head of the field with Raslan for company but the pair set a sensible gallop from Kayf Aramis who headed the chasing pack. It was an uneventful first circuit run at a sensible gallop but Blazing Bailey was already looking reluctant to hold his position before they went out into the country for the second time and Tidal Bay also lost his position and dropped towards the rear. The field moved into the home straight with the first three unchanged but joined by Duc De Regniere who travelled stylishly for Barry Geraghty and Tidal Bay who had begun to make up some ground. Raslan quickly weakened out of contention in the straight and Nicky Henderson's market leader found disappointingly little as Fair Along and Kayf Aramis pulled clear of Duc De Regniere and Tidal Bay who looked an awkward ride as he stayed on in to third. It was a good duel between the front pair but Phillip Hobbs' game charge never ceded the advantage and always looked to be doing enough to follow up last year's victory. The front two have little chance of bettering Big Bucks but can pick up some decent place money through the season but Tidal Bay looks increasingly one to be wary of despite that brief resurgence last season. Duc De Regniere may have needed the run but his last three wins have been at around two miles five and it could be that he's best at around that trip.