Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 14:40 Racing Uk On Virgin 536 Long Walk Hurdle3m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 24.80s
  • Off time: 14:40:42
14:40 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Buck's (FR) 1/2
2nd Karabak (FR) 14/1
3rd Diamond Harry 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 U1111-1 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 31
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 1/21.50
2 11113-1 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 38
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-7 Nick Williams Timmy Murphy 165 11/43.75
3 1393-71 Black and Light Blue (quartered), Black sleeves, White cap Fair Along (GER) 59
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-7 p P J Hobbs R Flint 162 28/129.00
4 21124-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Karabak (FR) 38
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-7 A King A P McCoy 153 14/115.00
5 1P2-363 Emerald Green, White diamond, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap Kayf Aramis 18
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 145 66/167.00
6 109-452 Emerald Green and White (quartered), Orange and White halved sleeves, Orange cap, White star Lough Derg (FR) 31
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-7 v D Pipe T Scudamore 157 50/151.00
7 1/22489- Emerald Green, Red stripe, halved sleeves, Emerald Green and Red striped cap Sweetheart 73
Nag me
5 11-0 Jamie Poulton Matthew Batchelor 134 150/1151.00
8 2/206-31 Black and White stripes, Yellow sleeves, Black and Yellow striped cap Whiteoak (IRE) 36
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 150 33/134.00

Verdict

The first three in most antepost lists for the World Hurdle line up here in what promises to be a fascinating clash and of them we'll side with the master BIG BUCK'S to get the better of Karabak and Diamond Harry. Paul Nicholls' gelding arrives here unbeaten over hurdles since unseating Sam Thomas in last season's Hennessy and how connections must now be grateful for that fact as their charge went on to land the stayers crown back in March. The six-year-old has 9lbs in hand of his nearest rival on figures and has always looked to have a bit more in the locker, although he shouldn't need it to score here. Ruby Walsh feels the horse is better going left handed and he won with any amount in hand on his seasonal reappearance here under similar conditions and so it'll be a surprise to many if he's beaten. Karabak is narrowly preferred at the likely prices as best of the rest. Alan King's gelding has the beating of Diamond Harry on festival form and his run behind the classy Zaynar over an inadequate trip last time was a satisfactory one. It must be noted the horse did disappoint at Aintree when fancied back in the spring but he'd had a hard race at Cheltenham and if putting a line through that effort he should give Nick Williams' horse something to think about in the battle for second behind the favourite. That said, Diamond Harry could hardly arrive in better form having carried top weight to an impressive handicap success at Haydock last time and if he runs to his official mark of 165 there's no reason why he shouldn't pick up a nice cheque for connections. He's won seven of just eight career starts and there may yet be more improvement to come from the gelding so he's well worthy of respect although his likely price doesn't make too much appeal. Of the remainder admirable Fair Along could go well at a price as he's not far behind the best of these on the pick of his form and goes well for Rhys Flint although it will be some upset if he beats the champion whilst Whiteoak looks best of the two mares having bounced back to form when seemingly suited by a staying trip last time. Kayf Aramis has performed with credit in a couple of handicaps this season but that level of form is miles behind that of the favourite whilst Lough Derg would've been of more interest had this race gone ahead at Ascot as planned. That said you can never write off David Pipe's old boy and he's sure to give his best but that will not be good enough to beat our selection Big Buck's if he's anywhere near his best.