• 14:40 Barbury International Supporting Greatwood Veterans' Handicap Chase3m 2f 110y

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 41.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:13
14:40 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Michel Le Bon (FR) 5/1
2nd Hey Big Spender (IRE) 11/2
3rd Posh Bird (IRE) 12/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F1-P7P5 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Hey Big Spender (IRE) 21
Course Winner
10 11-12 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 145 11/26.50
2 0P1-2PP RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Michel Le Bon (FR) 30
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
10 11-7 b1 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 140 5/16.00
3 14566P Dark blue, emerald green hoop, hooped sleeves Idarah (USA) 14
10 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 137 20/121.00
4 50-6447 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 35
Course Winner
10 11-1 t Tim Vaughan R Johnson 134 10/34.33
5 3P1P-74 Orange, beige triple diamond and sleeves Fortification (USA) 84
10 11-0 p K Burke Nick Scholfield 133 20/121.00
6 0650-1F Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Sona Sasta (IRE) 56
Course WinnerDistance Winner
10 10-8 D Pipe T Scudamore 127 4/15.00
7 1P-2215 Pink and Maroon diamonds, Pink sleeves and cap Mortimers Cross 66
Distance Winner
12 10-7 J L Needham R Thornton 126 14/115.00
8 P-11222 Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Desperate Dex (IRE) 30
13 10-0 T R George P J Brennan 119 6/17.00
9 229-389 White, Cerise hoop and armlets, Dark Green cap Posh Bird (IRE) 51
10 10-0 p P D Niven Henry Brooke 117 12/113.00


Hey Big Spender won a Grade 3 at Warwick last year off an 11lb higher mark but his form this season has been very disappointing. Michel Le Bon has been pulled up in both starts since finishing second in a Listed race at Wincanton in November while this is probably too far for Idarah and Tartak has spent most of his career over shorter trips, though was fourth behind Katenko over 3m1f at Sandown in January. SONA SASTA was only sixth behind Hey Big Spender in that Warwick race and is worse off at the weights here but he did win on his reappearance at Chepstow and ran well until running out of steam in the Welsh National there subsequently. He might just retain more ability than the majority of these. Both Mortimers Cross and Desperate Dex stay well but are the senior members of this particular group and usually compete at a lower level.