Straightline Construction 'The French Furze' Novices' Hurdle 2m 6f

  • (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 2, 7 runners)
  • Winner £9,384 2nd £2,772 3rd £1,386 4th £693 5th £346 6th £174
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 31.60s
  • Off time: 13:08:27

Full Result

13:05 Newcastle
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Ballyalton (IRE) Ian Williams 6 11-3 A P McCoy 3/1
SP 3/1 Took keen hold, held up behind, close up 7th, tracked leading pair before 3 out, switched outside and effort to lead narrowly next, hung left between last 2, ridden flat, held on towards finish opened 10/3 touched 11/4
2nd ½ 4 Oscar Rock (IRE) J M Jefferson 5 11-3 B Hughes 4/9f
SP 4/9f Tracked leaders, close up on outside 6th, disputed lead 8th, led briefly approaching 2 out, soon driven, ridden and every chance flat, held towards finish opened 8/11
3rd 2 Blakemount (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 5 11-3 Ryan Mania 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leading pair, headway to lead 4 out, headed approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression with front pair approaching last opened 12/1
4th 8 7 Five In A Row (IRE) B Ellison 5 10-12 J Reveley 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, driven before 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders before next opened 10/1
5th 10 3 Kilbree Chief (IRE) Miss Lucinda V Russell 5 11-3 P Buchanan 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, joined 8th, headed 4 out, outpaced next, weakened 2 out opened 20/1
6th 13 8 Master Murphy (IRE) Mrs J Walton 8 10-12 Mr A J Findlay 150/1
SP 150/1 Tracked leader, not fluent 6th, lost place 8th, weakened 3 out
7th nk 6 Caledonia J S Goldie 6 10-12 D F O'Regan 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up in rear, close up when blundered 4 out, not recover, beaten approaching next opened 18/1
NR 5 Bishops Gate (IRE) N G Richards 7 10-12 B Harding

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.70 Tote Place £1.70,£1.30 Straight Forecast £4.80 Exacta £6.30 Trifecta £23.50 Swingers 1&2:£1.02 2&3:£3.40 1&3:£5.60

Placepot £6.70, Pool: £99253.95, 10692.54 winning tickets
Quadpot £4.50, Pool: £5462.25, 889.6 winning tickets


Ian Williams: "That was lovely. He was too keen for the trip, really, as he was a bit fresh. He missed an intended race at Cheltenham so, in effect, he was having his first run of the season again. He's done the job well and he's taken a big scalp there. I'm not sure if he's a Cheltenham horse over hurdles but he certainly will be over fences. We'll look at the Challow Hurdle (Grade One at Newbury on December 27). He loves nice ground but he'll handle it soft."

Graham Calder, owner of Oscar Rock: "Brian said the ground was just a bit quick for him as he was changing his legs in the straight. If he'd jumped the second last quicker you never know what might have happened. We might look at the Challow next, it's likely to be softer."