Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 13:55 Betfred 'The Bonus King' Novices' Hurdle2m 3f

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 57.30s
  • Off time: 13:55:12
13:55 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Chiberta King 8/1
2nd Uxizandre (FR) 6/4
3rd Imperial Leader (IRE) 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 33200-1 Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Ericht (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 127 5/16.00
2 22-14 Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Leader (IRE) 33
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5 11-5 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 134 7/42.75
3 231 EMERALD GREEN and RED diabolo, WHITE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN diamonds, WHITE cap, RED diamond Uxizandre (FR) 28
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-5 A King R Thornton 126 6/42.50
4 0 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Billing (IRE) 28
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5 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 100/1101.00
5 51/ Purple, light green seams, quartered cap Brief Mark (IRE) 1353
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8 10-12 C E Longsdon N Fehily 66/167.00
6 66 Pink, dark blue triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves Chiberta King 53
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7 10-12 A M Balding P J Brennan 8/19.00
7 243-57 Dark blue and light blue stripes, white sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Dalavar (IRE) 28
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5 10-12 A King W Hutchinson 40/141.00
8 5-90 White, Emerald Green cross belts, White and Dark Blue diabolo on sleeves Laidback Leo 33
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5 10-12 R Dickin C Poste 200/1201.00
9 P/31-23 Red, Black braces, Black and Red hooped sleeves, quartered cap Next Sensation (IRE) 31
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6 10-12 M Scudamore T Scudamore 25/126.00
10 78 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap On The Record (IRE) 18
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5 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 40/141.00
11 66432/5 Maroon and White (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Professeur Emery (FR) 21
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6 10-12 h W Greatrex J M Maguire 113 16/117.00
12 2-68 Black, Black and Pink check cap The Potting Shed (IRE) 54
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6 10-12 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 33/134.00

Verdict

Ericht finally came good over hurdles at Fakenham but faces much stiffer opposition here. Southwell winner Imperial Leader wasn't disgraced behind Melodic Rendezvouz at Cheltenham last time and should appreciate the step back up in distance but the one to beat may be UXIZANDRE. He was most impressive when beating a couple of previous winners over the C&D last month and looks to be on an upward curve. Chiberta King, a useful stayer on the Flat, would be a danger to all if learning to jump but Next Sensation needs to improve on his third at Hereford to figure here and Professeur Emery is just as interesting as he will have needed his run at Kempton on Boxing Day.