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  • 14:45 EBF Stallions 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 3f

  • (Qualifier) £6,000 added 4-6yo 10 ran
  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 11.10s
  • Off time: 14:46:10

Full result

14:45 Newbury Result 17th December 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Value At Risk 10-12 Harry Skelton D Skelton 5 11/8f
Tracked leader, led 3rd, made rest, came clear before 2 out, kept on strongly, impressive opened 5/4 touched 6/4 £1200-£800 £600-£400 £2200-£1600 £1100-£800
2nd 22 Foryourinformation 10-12 D N Russell Miss R Curtis 5 7/2
Raced wide, led until 3rd, tracked winner until 4 out, chased leaders, rallied on outside approaching 3 out, ridden and went 2nd 2 out, no chance with very easy winner, hit last opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £1125-£250(x2)
3rd 8 Theunnamedsoldier 10-12 A Thornton N J Hawke 6 66/1
Took keen hold, mistake 1st, held up towards rear, struggling when mistake 3 out, plugged on into modest 3rd run-in opened 66/1 touched 100/1
4th 9 Robbie Rabbit (IRE) 10-12 D Crosse N J Hawke 4 66/1
Chased leaders, hit 6th, pushed long before 3 out, soon outpaced, went left last, plugged on under pressure into modest 4th run-in opened 66/1 touched 66/1
5th 16 Jack Frost 11-5 Peter Carberry (3) N J Henderson 4 3/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, hit 3 out, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd 2 out, chased leading pair, no impression between last two, weakened and lost places run-in opened 10/3 touched 7/2 £2100-£600
6th Monbeg Gold (IRE) 10-12 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 4 12/1
Chased leaders, jumped slowly 4th, pushed along in 3rd before 3 out, weakened into 4th and blundered 2 out, eased soon after opened 8/1 touched 12/1
7th 4 Chapel Garden (IRE) 10-12 Aidan Coleman Miss E C Lavelle 5 20/1
Held up in rear, never involved opened 20/1 touched 20/1
8th 9 Surging Seas (IRE) 10-12 D F O'Regan Ali Stronge 5 66/1
Took keen hold, held up in rear, hanging left and no impression before 3 out, blundered next opened 66/1 touched 66/1
9th Mister Chairman (IRE) 10-12 A Tinkler N J Henderson 6 66/1
Mid-division on inside, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before mistake and slightly hampered 3 out opened 50/1 touched 66/1
F Vayland 10-12 T Scudamore D Pipe 5 6/1
Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, on heels of leaders when fell 3 out opened 7/1 touched 7/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.40,£1.80,£9.80
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.50 2&3:£54.30 1&3:£25.80

Placepot: £571.20, Pool: £81172.99, 103.74 winning tickets
Quadpot: £60.50, Pool: £6364.15, 77.8 winning tickets

Verdict

Dan Skelton: "To see him do that was just amazing. As you can see he's a chaser and the one thing he'll never do is run on going that hasn't got some soft in it. How he came to me has been well documented, and I'm just so lucky to have him. That was very good and I'm privileged to have the horse. Hurdles are just an intermediate step for him. What Paul Nicholls taught me about these big chasing types is something I'll never forget, and something I'll always strive to replicate. Sometimes I have to pinch myself - that's how good it's been. I wanted to give him a little bit more time. He's obviously very good, and a step up in class over two and a half miles would be just the ticket at Cheltenham on Trials day."