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Newbury

  • 15:35 Betfair Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £152,500 added 4yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £86,849 2nd £32,589 3rd £16,318 4th £8,128
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 6.16s
  • Off time: 15:36:40

Rolling Star heads the 22-strong field for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday

Last Updated: 06/02/14 5:06pm

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Rolling Star (left): Set to carry top weight at Newbury

Rolling Star (left): Set to carry top weight at Newbury

John Quinn believes it would be dangerous to leave Recession Proof out of calculations as he aims for a second victory in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

The eight-year-old won the valuable prize three years ago for the Settrington-based trainer, but after finishing fifth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, was then sidelined for two and a half years due to injury problems.

His first three outings after returning to action were not too inspiring, but he was running with promise in The Ladbroke at Ascot in December until tipping up three flights from home.

He returns to Newbury with a rating of 134, the same mark off which he was successful in 2011.

Quinn said: "I think he's got a squeak. He certainly goes there in very good form.

"He was in the throes of running a good race when he came down at Ascot last time and he's been fine since.

"He's a course winner and he'll go on the ground all right, so he's definitely not without a chance."

Rolling Star heads the weights for this weekend's valuable prize after Jeremy Scott took out Melodic Rendezvous.

Barry Geraghty's mount is one of three runners for Nicky Henderson as he defends the title won by My Tent Or Yours a year ago, with Tony McCoy booked for Gibb River and David Bass for Vasco Du Ronceray.

His rival Paul Nicholls saddles two of the 22 runners with Harry Derham taking 3lb off Far West, while Noel Fehily is to retain his partnership with easy Ascot winner and ante-post favourite Irish Saint.

David Pipe has a pair to saddle too, with well-backed Greatwood winner Dell' Arca and Swing Bowler, while there is one Willie Mullins runner in the shape of the hat-trick-seeking Smashing.

Others prominent players in the market to have been declared are Jonjo O'Neill's ex-Irish recruit Alaivan, Philip Hobbs' lightly-raced Cheltenian and Vendor, one of two Alan King runners along with Montbazon.

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