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  • 15:15 Sportingbet Intermediate Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Listed Handicap) (Registered As The Gerry Feilden Hurdle) £35,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 13.90s
  • Off time: 15:15:46

Vendor leads the fancies for the Sportingbet Hurdle at Newbury on Thursday

Last Updated: 28/11/12 1:47pm

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King: Trains Vendor

King: Trains Vendor

Alan King's Vendor aims to put a disappointing seasonal reappearance behind him in the Sportingbet Intermediate Hurdle at Newbury on Thursday.

The two-mile Listed contest, better known as the Gerry Feilden, was won by subsequent Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby 12 months ago.

While it is unlikely to unearth a similar star this time around, each of the six runners can be given some sort of chance.

French recruit Vendor, a staying-on third when favourite for last season's Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, was pulled up on his comeback at Aintree but connections are hopeful he can bounce back.

James Stafford, racing manager for owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds, said: "Unfortunately things didn't work out at Aintree. He pulled too hard, running on very soft ground over a trip that was too far for him (two and a half miles).

"It was probably wrong to go there in hindsight, but he had to start somewhere and hopefully he'll have improved considerably for the run.

"He's back at two miles tomorrow, which is where he wants to be.

"The ground is a bit of an issue. I think he acts on it but obviously he's got to relax when he is running in testing conditions.

"He is far more relaxed at home now, so hopefully he is the same when he gets back on the racecourse.

"He is a talented horse. He's only a four-year-old and still quite raw and I think we've only scratched the surface so far.

"He was very green in the Fred Winter. It was his first dog fight and he was stuck in traffic, but he finished his race well."

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