Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 14:25 bet365 Long Distance Hurdle 3m 110y

  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 51.82s
  • Off time: 14:25:23
14:25 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Celestial Halo (IRE) 7/2
2nd Medinas (FR) 15/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 9/426-16 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 174
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-8 bt P F Nicholls D A Jacob 161 7/24.50
2 1142-01 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve de Sivola (FR) 28
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-8 Nick Williams R Johnson 162 7/24.50
3 111111- Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 239
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-4 Miss R Curtis B J Geraghty 157 10/111.91
4 0311-1P Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap Battle Group 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 p J Farrelly J M Maguire 150 25/126.00
5 2411P-2 Emerald Green and White check, halved sleeves, Emerald Green cap Medinas (FR) 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-4 A King R Thornton 154 15/28.50

Verdict

AT FISHERS CROSS made giant strides last season after winning a handicap on this card 12 months ago. Rebecca Curtis' six-year-old won Grade 1 contests at Cheltenham and Aintree in the spring and this is his chance to stake a claim for the World Hurdle next year as he receives 4lb from Reve de Sivola, no match for the brilliant Big Bucks in this 12 months ago but successful in the Long Walk Hurdle subsequently. He was also second to Quevega at Punchestown last spring and won a Grade 1 at Auteuil earlier this month, though this looks a stronger contest. Celestial Halo had Reve de Sivola behind when second in last season's World Hurdle and will ensure there is a strong gallop while Medinas was only beaten a length in the bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby on his return to action. Battle Group took advantage of some lenient handicapping over hurdles and fences in the spring but was pulled up on his reappearance in Paddy Power Gold Cup and may be out his depth in the grade.