13:50 Newbury

Saturday 30 December 2017

All12:0512:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:35
  • Betfred Wishing You A Very Happy New Year Handicap Hurdle
  • Class 2  |   2m 4f 118y  |   Heavy  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:50  |   Winning time: 5m 26.72s
1st
8
11/4
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Tracked leader until 2nd next, hit 5th and next, soon in rear, reminders and struggling 4 out, still last and plenty to do when switched left to avoid faller 2 out, went 3rd and hit last, stayed on strongly to lead near finish op 3/1 tchd 9/4
2nd
½
6
7/1
T: Tim VaughanJ: Alan Johns
Led, clear 2nd, hit next, reduced lead after 4 out, joined when hit 3 out and headed, chased leader, led again before last, headed near finish op 9/1 tchd 11/1
3rd
6
3
9/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
In touch, tracked leading trio 4th, left 3rd and stumbled badly 2 out, lost 3rd and weakened last, plugged on into 3rd again final 75 yards op 10/1 tchd 11/1
4th
2
5
9/2
T: A M HalesJ: James Bowen (5)
Tracked leading pair, went 2nd at 3rd, closed after 4 out, led soon after next, went left 2 out, soon hung left and ridden, headed before went left last, 3rd and no extra run-in, weakened into 4th final 75 yards op 7/2
5th
23
4
8/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost (5)
Took keen hold in last pair, some headway on inside before 3 out, weakened before next op 6/1

Also Ran

T: A KingJ: Tom Cannon
Held up in touch, steady headway 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last op 12/1
N/A
2
16/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
NonRunner
N/A
3
120-0
T: C GordonJ: 
T: Nick WilliamsJ: Lizzie Kelly (3)
Held up in rear, closer at 4th, 3rd and keeping on when fell 2 out op 7/2
T: B PaulingJ: 
N/A
11
T: C GordonJ: 

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£3.10Pl:£2.10, £3.40EX:£22.90Trifecta:£190.60Tricast:£149.59SF:£21.28Swingers:£6.60, £6.90, £5.70

Forecasts

Diable De Sivola (5/2), Brave Eagle (11/4), Huntsman Son (9/2), Theligny (7/1), Dynamite Dollars (8/1), Wilde Blue Yonder (9/1), Sir Antony Browne (16/1), Shelford (16/1), Cyrius Moriviere (N/A), Remiluc (N/A), Vicenzo Mio (N/A)

Verdict

The suspicion is that this race mightn't be as competitive as it initially looks, so that's probably good news for Alex Hales, whose improving Millenary gelding Huntsman Son seeks to make light of an 11lb rise in the weights and land a quickfire December hat-trick. 2016 winner Theligny has been raced sparingly since, but could make the frame from a 6lb higher mark, whilst Dynamite Dollars deserves the time of day at least now tackling handicap company for the first time. However, the horse of most interest is BRAVE EAGLE. In some respects, his Exeter reappearance effort was just a fraction disappointing, but he looks the type to relish this step up in trip on testing ground, and represents a horse to very much discount at your own peril.
  1. Brave Eagle
  2. Huntsman Son
  3. Dynamite Dollars

Prize Money

1st: £11,261.002nd: £3,326.003rd: £1,663.004th: £832.005th: £416.006th: £209.00
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