15:15 Newcastle

Saturday 27 November 2021

All11:4512:2012:5513:3014:0514:4015:15

    Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 46y  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:15  |   Winning time: 3m 51.4s
1
Horse silk
Monmiral233
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-7| J: S Bowen| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  153| D
11/5
Unbeaten (in 5 starts) 4yo who powered away in taking fashion to land the Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree 7 months ago. Form has been boosted since and there's more to come, so big claims.
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Timeform
2
Horse silk
Not So Sleepy36
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: J J Burke| T: H Morrison| OR:  152| D
18/1
Front-runner who has won back-to-back renewals of the Betfair Exchange Trophy (Handicap) at Ascot. Signed off last season still in form, but will need to up his game if he's to compete at this level.
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Timeform
3
Horse silk
Sceau Royal21
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: D A Jacob| T: A King| OR:  158| D
9/2
Very smart hurdler/chaser who has hit the ground running over the smaller obstacles this term, having a bit to spare in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton last time. Has a fitness edge on his main rivals.
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Timeform
4
Horse silk
Silver Streak41
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Adam Wedge| T: Evan Williams| OR:  158| BF| D
9/1
Smart hurdler who made all in Christmas Hurdle last season and, despite a couple of poor efforts at the top festivals since, he was back on track when second to Sceau Royal at Kempton on return.
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Timeform
5
Horse silk
Voix Du Revev135
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: C O'Farrell| T: I Jardine| OR:  140| D
200/1
Smart chaser at his best but his last couple of runs have been sub-par and he looks well out of his depth back over hurdles.
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Timeform
6
Horse silk
Epatante211
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-0| J: Aidan Coleman| T: N J Henderson| OR:  154| CD
11/8
Three-time Grade 1 winner, including this event (last year) and the Champion Hurdle. Good third to Honeysuckle at Punchestown on final outing last season, and she'll be primed for a big run on return.
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Timeform

Forecasts

Epatante (11/8), Monmiral (11/5), Sceau Royal (9/2), Silver Streak (9/1), Not So Sleepy (18/1), Voix Du Reve (200/1)

Verdict

MONMIRAL has yet to taste defeat and, given the authority in which he scored at Aintree on his final outing of last season, there could be more ability to unlock, so it's worth taking a chance on him to improve past the more experienced Epatante and Sceau Royal, who will force the selection to pull out all the stops.

  1. MONMIRAL (FR)
  2. EPATANTE (FR)
  3. SCEAU ROYAL (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Epatante
Weight: 11-0  |Age: 6
8/11

Prize Money

1st: £64,710.002nd: £24,380.003rd: £12,202.004th: £6,095.005th: £3,059.006th: £1,530.007th: £759.008th: £391.00

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