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Haydock Park

  • 14:50 40% Better Off On Betfair Sp 'fixed Brush' Handicap Hurdle 3m

  • (listed) £75,000 added 4yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 41.40s
  • Off time: 14:50:37

Full result

14:50 Haydock Park Result 20th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Grands Crus (FR) (ex6) 10-10 T Scudamore D Pipe 5 6/4f
Held up behind, headway and in touch halfway, led after 4 out, not fluent next, drew clear from next, very easily opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £1125-£600 £750-£400(x2) £1300-£800(x3) £900-£600
2nd 10 Barafundle (IRE) 10-8 A O'keeffe Jennie Candlish 6 16/1
Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, ridden after next, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner from 2 out, clear 2nd best opened 20/1 touched 20/1
3rd 14 Peveril 11-4 A Tinkler N J Henderson 6 15/2
Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch halfway, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, went 3rd next, kept on same pace, no chance with leading pair opened 7/1 touched 8/1
4th Ballyfitz 11-12 David England N A Twiston-Davies 10 40/1
Mid-division, struggling 8th, kept on under pressure from 3 out, never reached leaders opened 33/1 touched 40/1
5th 3 Hills Of Aran 11-11 R Flint W K Goldsworthy 8 33/1
Chased leaders, reminder 6th, lost place next, weakened 4 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th nk The Shy Man (IRE) 10-7 F Keniry G M Moore 7 20/1
Behind, outpaced 4 out, stayed on under pressure from next, never near leaders opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th ¾ Red Harbour (IRE) 10-8 R Mahon (5) P F Nicholls 6 16/1
Mid-division on inside, headway and in touch 7th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened opened 20/1 touched 20/1
8th 7 Captain Americo (IRE) 10-13 Nick Scholfield J Ewart 8 22/1
Towards rear, struggling 8th, never near leaders opened 20/1 touched 25/1
9th 7 Thelobstercatcher 10-3 Donal Devereux (3) P Bowen 6 18/1
Towards rear, struggling halfway, never dangerous opened 18/1 touched 18/1
10th 1 Fruity O'Rooney 10-10 A Glassonbury G L Moore 7 25/1
Led to 1st, tracked leader, led again before 4 out, headed soon after, weakened from next opened 25/1 touched 25/1
11th According To Pete 10-10 G Lee J M Jefferson 9 12/1
In touch, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next opened 14/1 touched 14/1
12th Backbord (GER) 10-8 D C Costello Mrs L Wadham 8 33/1
Jumped slowly 2nd, always in rear opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th dist James de Vassy (FR) 11-8 D A Jacob Nick Williams 5 7/1
In touch, outpaced after 4 out, lost place next, soon weakened, tailed off opened 6/1 touched 7/1
14th 29 Auroras Encore (IRE) 10-13 Tjade Collier Mrs S J Smith 8 50/1
Mid-division, outpaced 8th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off opened 50/1 touched 50/1
15th dist Khachaturian (IRE) 10-13 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 7 28/1
Led 1st, headed before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 25/1 touched 28/1
16th 12 Chester Lad 10-5 Jan Faltejsek G A Charlton 5 66/1
Chased leaders to 6th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out opened 80/1 touched 80/1
PU Tasheba 11-12 D Bass (5) N J Henderson 5 28/1
Mid-division on inside, reminder 6th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up opened 22/1 touched 28/1
PU Lord Generous 10-13 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 6 33/1
Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure halfway, reminder 7th, lost place when mistake next, pulled up before 4 out opened 25/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£4.40,£2.30,£8.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£14.30 2&3:£40.90 1&3:£5.10

Placepot: £161.30, Pool: £90177.81, 408.05 winning tickets
Quadpot: £25.30, Pool: £7906.67, 230.85 winning tickets

Verdict

GRANDS CRUS was saddled with a 6lb penalty for a very easy win at Cheltenham six days earlier but was due to go up by 19lbs following that performance; he may well go up by as much again following this display. David Pipe had suggested that he was a three mile chaser in the making after Cheltenham but this was his first run over this distance and came in a much stronger race than at Prestbury Park. He was settled towards the rear on the inside by Tom Scudamore for the first part of the race but made smooth progress to race on the heels of the first group in about seventh with a circuit to run. He could be called the winner a long way from home with all of his rivals being ridden and the only question was whether his stamina would last out; there were no problems on that score, nor with the brush hurdles and Tom Scudamore never had to get serious with him as he cantered clear. He has earned a break after two runs in a week on testing ground and will find life much harder when he returns but he's clearly progressing at a rate of knots and could make his mark in Graded hurdles when the ground is testing. Barafundle confirmed the good form of Jennie Candlish's team and was the only runner to give the favourite a race; he had run well at this track over regulation fences in May and is progressing well, albeit not as quickly as the winner. His future will depend on how the handicapper views this run as a marked rise in the weights may continue to leave him vulnerable. Peveril is shortly to embark on a chasing career and appeared to need this first run of the season as he seemed to blow up before getting a second wind on his first run at this trip. This was only the seventh outing of his career and he can be expected to make his mark over fences. Ballyfitz's chasing career has stalled due to jumping problems but he has an engine and left a disappointing reappearance behind him returned to hurdles. The handicapper knows where he stands with him but he's capable of popping up if everything drops right in a less competitive race. Hills Of Aran falls into a similar boat, The Shy Man and Captain Americo struggled to cope with 11lb and 15lb rises for wins in weaker races but there was encouragement to be taken from the runs of Red Harbour and James De Vassy on their first runs of the season with the latter looking a non-stayer on his first run over three miles.