Today's racecards

Newcastle

  • 14:20 StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £58,521 2nd £22,048 3rd £11,034 4th £5,512
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 3.20s
  • Off time: 14:20:53
14:20 Newcastle Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Overturn (IRE) 7/4
2nd Binocular (FR) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/3114-3 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Binocular (FR) 204
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 N J Henderson A P McCoy 165 5/42.25
2 33218-1 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-7 bt P F Nicholls D A Jacob 160 10/34.33
3 2121-77 Black and white stripes, chevrons on sleeves, black cap, white star Kosta Brava (FR) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 C Grant A L Voy 113 100/1101.00
4 2573-11 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Overturn (IRE) 7
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 164 7/42.75
5 15/7F9-6 Royal blue, white chevron, emerald green sleeves, white cap Stormy Weather (FR) 198
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 B Ellison Danny Cook 113 66/167.00

Verdict

2010 Champion Hurdle winner Binocular finished well behind Hurricane Fly at Punchestown when last seen at the track in May. He'd earlier beaten OVERTURN in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, but the latter arrives full of beans and is fancied to reverse the form today. Having landed the Chester Cup on the Flat in May, Donald McCain's hurdler has looked better than ever in registering a couple of wins back over timber and could take some catching in this Grade 1 contest. The departure of the favourite left Celestial Halo to come home alone in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton three weeks ago, but it was a good performance nevertheless. He should enjoy further success in less exalted company this season but Kosta Brava and Stormy Weather have no chance on today's terms.