Newbury

  • 13:15 Betfair Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £86,849 2nd £32,589 3rd £16,318 4th £8,128
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 51.90s
  • Off time: 13:16:30
13:15 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 11/4
2nd Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 14/1
3rd Raya Star (IRE) 12/1
4th Sire De Grugy (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 99-1130 Red, Orange diamond, Orange sleeves, Red stars, Red cap, Orange diamonds Brampour (IRE) 62
Distance Winner
5 11-12 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (7) 162 33/134.00
2 111- Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 316
Distance Winner
5 11-1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 151 11/43.75
3 682P-52 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 69
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-1 t Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (7) 151 14/115.00
4 11-6541 DARK BLUE, white diabolo on sleeves, dark blue cap Final Approach 46
Distance Winner
6 11-0 W P Mullins P Townend 150 14/115.00
5 111/650- Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, white cap Soldatino (FR) 336
Distance Winner
6 10-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 148 14/115.00
6 1-111 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Darlan 39
Distance Winner
5 10-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 146 12/113.00
7 5-42629 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Via Galilei (IRE) 62
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-8 G L Moore Joshua Moore (5) 144 33/134.00
8 6-71227 Red, white cap Sailors Warn (IRE) 62
Distance Winner
5 10-7 E J O'Grady A E Lynch 143 33/134.00
9 41113-6 Red, royal blue stripe, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Sire De Grugy (FR) 28
Distance Winner
6 10-7 G L Moore J E Moore 143 14/115.00
10 25-1052 Royal blue, white cross belts, white sleeves, orange armlets, orange cap, white star Desert Cry (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
6 10-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 143 33/134.00
11 271-672 Emerald Green, Yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap Third Intention (IRE) 29
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 10-6 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 142 10/111.00
12 312-412 Red, White stars on sleeves Empire Levant (USA) 83
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 10-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 140 12/113.00
13 104-536 Red, Black braces Alarazi (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
8 10-3 Mrs L Wadham R Johnson 139 33/134.00
14 F4-2131 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Raya Star (IRE) 62
Distance Winner
6 10-3 A King R Thornton 139 12/113.00
15 F0-9015 DARK BLUE, WHITE disc, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE spots, WHITE cap Ciceron (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
6 10-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 136 25/126.00
16 538-42F Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Olofi (FR) 48
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-0 pt T R George P J Brennan 136 8/19.00
17 3-3U426 Maroon, Light Blue and Brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap Rigidity 48
Distance Winner
5 10-0 t1 Tim Vaughan Mr R J Kirk (5) 136 66/167.00
18 116-332 Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Ericht (IRE) 35
Beaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
6 10-0 N J Henderson A Tinkler 135 25/126.00
19 111301 White, dark green spots on sleeves, purple cap Abergavenny 5
Distance Winner
5 10-0 B Ellison Felix de Giles 135 14/115.00
20 3-35132 Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 27
6 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies William Twiston-Davies (7) 130 100/1101.00

Verdict

A cracking handicap featuring a number of smart performers. Zarkandar won last year's Triumph Hurdle and followed up in a Grade 1 at Aintree. Ruby Walsh has chosen him ahead of stablemates Brampour and Empire Levant, despite the absence. Darlan is also unbeaten over timber but needs to improve markedly on his form in novice events to score here. Via Galilei will appreciate the likely strong gallop while Get Me Out Of here and Final Approach are decent performers on their day and will be heading to Cheltenham after this. Third Intention came back to form at Taunton last month and Raya Star held off Rigidity in a Listed handicap at Ascot in December, though the second never got competitive here next time. OLOFI fell in that race but was travelling very strongly at the time and may well have made a race of it with eventual winner Celestial Halo. Tom George's five-year-old races off the same mark today and can make amends. Northern raiders Desert Cry and Abergavenny may be the pick of the remainder as Soldatino is likely to need the run.