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14:10 Newbury

bet365 Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 52y
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £50,000 added
  • Winner: £28,475
  • 2nd: £10,685
  • 3rd: £5,350
  • 4th: £2,665
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 55.22s
  • Off Time: 14:10:35
  • 9 Ran
1
Silk - White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds
16/1
  • Form 0/6251-7
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 160

close up, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened

2
Silk - CERISE
  • Form 15F1-11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 148

in rear, headway after 4 out, going well when close up and fell 3 out

3
Silk - MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap
5/2
  • Form 5111-1F
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 159

held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, chased winner run-in, no impression

4
Silk - Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap
9/1
  • Form 2314-05
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 150

held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, outpaced from 2 out, plugged on and no impression

5
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
7/2
  • Form P/11111-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 149

held up towards rear, headway before 6th, led 2 out, kept on strongly, eased towards finish

6
Silk - RED, BLACK triple diamond, sleeves and diamonds on cap

Maximiser (IRE)

243 t D
25/1
  • Form 111/2F2-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 143

led, headed before 6th, weakened from 5 out, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out

7
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap
7/1
  • Form P31-252
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 158

tracked leaders, led before 6th, headed 2 out, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in

8
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW sash and cap with BLUE hoop
40/1
  • Form 33112-6
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 147

held up in touch, pushed along after 4 out, soon lost place

9
Silk - PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap
  • Form 38U-214
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 150

held up in touch, lost place before 5 out, weakened next, pulled up before 3 out

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

The brilliant Thistlecrack won this 12 months ago and past winners include champion stayers Baracouda, Inglis Drever and Big Buck's. Ballyoptic was a Grade 1 winner at Aintree in April and made a winning reappearance at Chepstow. He had every chance when falling at the last at Wetherby last time and would have finished ahead of The Romford Pele had he stayed on his feet. Reve De Sivola seems to have been around forever but Ascot next month is likely to be his target. Snow Falcon would need to improve again to complete the four-timer while Menorah is better over fences. UNOWHATIMEANHARRY made giant strides last term, culminating in a victory in the Albert Bartlett in March. He goes well fresh and could be a bit of value today having won at this meeting last year.

Formwatch

Reve De Sivola (FR) (10-10) 7th of 13, 27l behind Alex De Larredya (10-10) at Auteuil 3m gd in Nov.

Snow Falcon (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd and switched right after 2 out, ridden to lead run-in, stayed on well, won at Navan 2m 4f (1) Yielding - Soft in Nov beating De Plotting Shed (11-5) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.

Ballyoptic (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, one pace before next, rallied and close up on outside when stumbled and fell last, at Wetherby 3m (1) gd in Oct.

Ubak (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after normal 3 out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 15, 9 3/4l behind Massini's Trap (10-2) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Oct.

Unowhatimeanharry 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, slightly bumped 8th, headway after 3 out, pushed along after next, switched left before last, carried left, not fluent and led at hurdle, soon hung right, kept on well, won at Cheltenham 3m (1) gd in Mar beating Fagan (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 19 ran.

Maximiser (IRE) (10-7) 2nd of 7, shd behind Park Light (11-0) at Auteuil 2m 5f lst sft in Mar.

Menorah (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, on inside, lost place before 11th, soon outpaced, driven to chase leaders again after 5 out, ridden after next, rallied last, stayed on to chase winner flat, held near finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Irish Cavalier (11-6) at Wetherby 3m (1) gd in Oct.

Shades Of Midnight 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders after 4 out, ridden after next, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 15 1/4l behind Definitly Red (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Oct.

The Romford Pele (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Pressed leader, led approaching 3 out, ridden before next, headed before last, no extra flat, 4th of 6, 5 1/2l behind Silsol (11-1) at Wetherby 3m (1) gd in Oct.