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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

Splash Of Ginge (33/1) caused a huge turn-up in the Betfair Hurdle

Last Updated: 08/02/14 4:51pm

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Nigel Twiston-Davies: Celebrated the success from Warwick

Nigel Twiston-Davies: Celebrated the success from Warwick

Splash Of Ginge (33/1) caused a huge turn-up in the Betfair Hurdle for Nigel Twiston-Davies and conditional Ryan Hatch.

The leader in the early stages, Hatch allowed Act of Kalanisi to go on after the second flight, but he was back in front heading to the third-last flight and fought off a number of challenges to record a gutsy success.

The winning trainer, who chose instead - along with his son, Sam - to go to the other main meeting of the day at Warwick, told Racing UK: "It's wonderful - I was thinking of having a go at a bit of the 40/1, but it was a competitive event and you can't ever be too hopeful.

"Sam wanted to come here because he didn't think he could win and thought he would have better chances, so it's terrible for him, but he's got a great bunch of owners and he won't be lacking for support there.

"He's entered in the Sky Bet Supreme and the Neptune at the Festival and he might well be weighted out of the handicaps now."

Dell' Arca (15/2), who was never far from the pace, stayed on best of the rest for second place, just ahead of Irish Saint (6/1 favourite).

Cheltenian (8/1), who looked to be going particularly well two out but tired close home, just held off the rallying Swing Bowler for fourth place.

"You always like to be positive going into these races, but of course it's a nice surprise," said Hatch, celebrating the biggest victory of his short career in the saddle.

"He didn't have a lot of weight and we knew he'd handle the ground too. He's very tough and he kept finding for me.

"He had a super run at Aintree earlier in the season and he has improved since.

"The owners are from Liverpool and bought him as a four-year-old with the Grand National in mind but I don't think they will mind too much winning this!"

Splash Of Ginge was cut from 50/1 to 25/1 by sponsors Sky Bet for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, with spokesman Michael Shinners commenting: "He showed guts and determination to win an incredibly competitve handicap. He wouldnt look out of place in the Sky Bet Supreme and in victory also boosted Irving's form, having finished behind that rival at Ascot earlier in the season."

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