Newbury

  • 14:05 Sportingbet Intermediate Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £11,390 2nd £4,274 3rd £2,140 4th £1,066
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 55.40s
  • Off time: 14:05:10
14:05 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rock On Ruby (IRE) 7/2
2nd Empire Levant (USA) 2/1
3rd Raya Star (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/11223- Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 231
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 145 7/24.50
2 110-321 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), RED sleeves and cap First Fandango 12
Distance Winner
4 11-4 t Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (7) 139 33/134.00
3 51-2111 Dark Blue and White (quartered), White sleeves, Dark Blue spots Rumble Of Thunder (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
5 11-3 Mrs K Walton R McGrath 138 22/123.00
4 322104- Red, Black braces Alarazi (IRE) 232
Distance Winner
7 11-1 Mrs L Wadham D Elsworth 136 16/117.00
5 F1F4-21 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Raya Star (IRE) 29
Distance Winner
5 10-11 A King R Thornton 132 12/113.00
6 111-010 Emerald Green, Light Blue cross belts, striped sleeves Ultravox (USA) 13
Course WinnerDistance Winner
4 10-9 J Scott Nick Scholfield 130 33/134.00
7 312-41 Red, White stars on sleeves Empire Levant (USA) 2
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 10-7 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (7) 128 2/13.00
8 15220- White, black cap Titan De Sarti (FR) 255
4 10-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 127 13/27.50
9 3F2F-94 Royal Blue, Orange cross belts, Yellow sleeves Rebel Dancer (FR) 14
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-4 t Ian Williams D C Costello 125 14/115.00
10 0411- Grey, Pink epaulets, quartered cap Non Dom (IRE) 225
Distance Winner
5 10-4 H Morrison T Scudamore 124 28/129.00
11 3320-11 Emerald Green, Yellow stars, Red sleeves and cap Dream Function (IRE) 17
6 10-4 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 124 9/25.50

Verdict

Seven of the last eight winners of this Listed handicap have carried less than 11st which suggests Rock On Ruby has it all to do under top weight on his reappearance. First Fandango has a lot more on his plate than at Leicester, while the handicapper took exception to Alarazi's battling win at Sandown in March. Rumble Of Thunder is much improved this year, however, but also now looks in the handicapper's grip. Empire Levant is scheduled to make a swift return to action after winning very easily over C&D on Thursday and Harry Derham's claim is again in his favour but we fancy DREAM FUNCTION to go close off bottom weight. She appears to have got her act together this season and the third from her latest success under a penalty at Exeter, Kentford Grey Lady, franked the form of that easy win here earlier in the week. Titan De Sarti is still a maiden but has ability and may prove best of the rest at the weights.