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  • 14:10 sportingbet Supports Heros Charity Challow Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • (Grade 1) £35,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £19,954 2nd £7,486 3rd £3,748 4th £1,869
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 21.00s
  • Off time: 14:10:44

Backspin the Challow ace

O'Neill prospect stays unbeaten in style

Last Updated: 29/12/10 4:11pm

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Backspin and Tony McCoy en route to victory at a foggy Newbury on Wednesday

Backspin and Tony McCoy en route to victory at a foggy Newbury on Wednesday

Jonjo O'Neill's Backspin maintained his unbeaten record with an ultra-impressive performance in the sportingbet Supports Heros Charity Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Wednesday afternoon.

Previously the winner of a Punchestown bumper for Mags Mullins and a Bangor novice hurdle for O'Neill, he landed the Grade One prize with the minimum of fuss.

Tony McCoy chose to go up the far side on his own, while his main rivals - For Non Stop, Court In Motion and Al Ferof - all came up the near side.

When they all emerged from the gloom, it was Backspin (5-1) who had put clear daylight between the chasing pack to score by eight lengths from Court In Motion.

O'Neill said: "We liked him at Bangor but he's very novicey and this was a big step up.

"He wouldn't show you a lot at home and it was guessing a bit when you come here in such a competitive race.

"There are no plans, but we'd like to get another run in him before Cheltenham."

Calmer

O'Neill added: "The horse has come on a lot from Bangor and was a much calmer horse here.

"I'd be inclined to give him another run for experience. AP (McCoy) said he was very green after the last and if you go to Cheltenham, you've got to be experienced."

When asked about his potential claims for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, O'Neill added: "He's won over that trip (two miles, five furlongs) and at least we know he gets that trip - what we don't know is if he gets further.

"It's nice to have another nice horse in the yard."

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