Racecards

14:10 Newbury

Hennessy Cognac Hurdle (Showcase Handicap) (Class C)

  • 18 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 110y
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 56.70s
  • 18 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
4th
Silk -
1
Silk - Maroon, White Cross of Lorraine, White sleeves, Maroon armlets
12/1
  • Form 236-111
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12

held up, hit 4th, headway to lead after 3 out, joined last, soon headed and no extra flat

2
Silk - Black, White golf club and disc, Yellow sleeves, Black spots, Yellow cap, Black spots
40/1
  • Form F412-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-11

in touch, weakened after 4th, soon behind, tailed off

3
Silk - YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap
16/1
  • Form 204355-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-10

held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders and mistake 3 out, joined leader last, led narrowly flat, soon headed and no extra final 150 yds

4
Silk - BLACK and PINK diamonds, PINK sleeves and cap
4/1
  • Form 112/
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10

towards rear, headway and blundered 3 out, stayed on to lead after last, driven out flat

5
Silk - White, large Royal Blue spots, Royal Blue cap
10/1
  • Form 1/5146-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-8

held up, headway after 4th, pressed leader 3 out, soon ridden and one pace

6
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots
15/2
  • Form 512211
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-8

led until after 4th, weakened quickly, tailed off

7
Silk - RED, EMERALD GREEN epaulets, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap, EMERALD GREEN diamond
  • Form 141153
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-7

in touch, led before 4 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon weakened

8
Silk - Crazy Quilt
20/1
  • Form 0P2-210
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-7

held up mid-division, effort 4 out, under pressure and weakened before 2 out

9
Silk - BLACK, BLACK and YELLOW check cap
5/1
  • Form 630P-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-6

held up behind, blundered 2nd, hit 4 out, soon ridden and never troubled leaders

10
Silk - DARK BLUE and YELLOW stripes, checked sleeves, YELLOW cap
9/1
  • Form 5/111-11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

in touch, mistake 1st and 2nd, weakened 4 out and pulled up before last

11
Silk - BLACK, YELLOW stripe, check cap
25/1
  • Form 22P-366
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5

held up towards rear, some late headway from 3 out, never nearer

13
Silk - Red and Black hoops, Black sleeves, Red armlets, quartered cap
25/1
  • Form 36-4223
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-2

held up behind, ridden 4 out, kept on from 2 out, never troubled leaders

14
Silk - Red and Royal Blue diabolo, White sleeves, Red spots, White cap

Guru

258
25/1
  • Form 3P0011-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-1

tracked leader after 2nd, every chance 3 out, kept on same pace from 2 out

15
Silk - Grey, Black armlets, White cap
  • Form 12B0-16
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0

close up, lost position after 3rd, weakened rapidly and soon tailed off

16
Silk - White, Black disc, Black cap
14/1
  • Form 011/
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

held up behind, never dangerous from 4 out, soon tailed off

17
Silk - Dark Blue and Yellow check, Yellow sleeves
  • Form 0P1-412
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-11

prominent until 4 out, weakened and blundered 2 out, tailed off

18
Silk - Mauve, White cross belts, Red cap
66/1
  • Form 0PPP00-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-10

tracked leader until after 2nd, soon lost touch, pulled up after 4th

19
Silk - Purple and Emerald Green diabolo, halved sleeves, quartered cap

Saorsie

25
50/1
  • Form 322200
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-9

always behind, never troubled leaders, tailed off from 3 out

20
NR
  • Form P30/606-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-8

Nonrunner

12
NR
  • Form 13054/P-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3

Nonrunner

In depth

Verdict

Petanque is on a handy mark and can add to Nicky Henderson's impressive tally here, with Gone Too Far, Beseiged, Tom Paddington and Thesis just three others to note. Petanque lines up here instead of stablemate Isio, and has a great chance at the weights. An easy winner over two and a half miles at Doncaster last season, he disappointed on his final two starts, failing to show his true worth. Reported to have settled down with a summer's sun on his back, the seven-year-old, who has been working well at home, can come back with a bang. Gone Too Far has claims on his back-to-back wins at Sedgefield and Cheltenham, that latest effort on his debut for the Pipe stable. If the forecast rain comes, his stamina will come into play. Beseiged is a prolific scorer, unbeaten in his last five outings, and if fit after a break, can run well. Tom Paddington is fit from the Flat, but has not run over hurdles since 1998. He was a dual winner though, and should not be left out of calculations. Thesis lines up on a four-timer but does have topweight, so will do well to add to that tally. A competitive affair in which Petanque can give his stable another victory in this race.