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  • 12:30 Q Associates Juvenile Hurdle2m 110y

  • £10,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £6,505 2nd £1,910 3rd £955 4th £477
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 2.42s
  • Off time: 12:30:21

Full result

12:30 Newbury Result 26th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Smad Place (FR) 10-12 W Hutchinson A King 3 8/1
Held up in 5th, steady headway to chase leading pair after 4 out, taken to outside to chase leader after 3 out, led 2 out, soon clear, stayed on strongly from last, very easily opened 8/1 touched 8/1
2nd 27 Dolatulo (FR) 11-8 A P McCoy P F Nicholls 3 1/4f
Led at good pace, mistake and headed 3rd, led again next, not fluent 4 out, ridden after 3 out, blundered and headed 2 out, soon weakened and no chance with very easy winner, hit last opened 1/4 touched 1/4
3rd 13 On Khee 10-5 T Scudamore H Morrison 3 7/1
Took keen hold early, tracked clear leading duo, went 2nd after 4 out until after next, weakened from 2 out opened 7/1 touched 7/1
4th 21 Missionaire (USA) 10-12 D F O'Regan A W Carroll 3 10/1
Chased clear leading trio, weakened 4 out, no chance when hit 2 out opened 10/1 touched 10/1
5th 6 Lamps 10-12 Nick Scholfield Michael Blake 3 50/1
Behind, struggling 4th, tailed off opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th dist Professeur Emery (FR) 10-12 N Fehily W Greatrex 3 16/1
Took keen hold, chased leader, led 3rd until next, chased leader, hit 4 out, weakened soon after, eased from 3 out, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th dist Meglio Ancora 10-12 J E Moore J G Portman 3 20/1
Behind, some headway when hit 4th, hit next, soon lost touch, tailed off when hit 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Cuts Both Ways (USA) 10-12 T J O'Brien Matthew Salaman 3 50/1
Always behind, lost touch 3rd, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
PU Joan's Legacy 10-5 Mr J Banks (7) J C Fox 3 100/1
Always behind, hit 1st and 2nd, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.80 Tote Place: £1.70,1.10,1.70
Straight Forecast: £12.06 Exacta: £13.40 Trifecta: £26.20 Swingers: 1&2:1.10 2&3:1.20 1&3:4.10

Jackpot: £9,169.32 carried forward to Newbury, 27th Nov
Placepot: £270.00, Pool: £84444.36, 228.26 winning tickets
Quadpot: £36.90, Pool: £8206.22, 164.15 winning tickets

Verdict

An impressive performance in the opener but not from the runner expected as Dolatulo disappointed but SMAD PLACE impressed in equal measure. Smad Place had failed to win in two runs in France but his second place finished at Chateaubriant had worked out well with the horse that beat him going on to win a further two races. There was no marked market confidence behind him on his British bow but he settled well off the strong pace, moved strongly into contention at the head of the home straight and sealed an impressive victory with a spring-heeled leap at the last before powering clear with his stamina winning the day. He was given predictable quotes for the Triumph Hurdle but reportedly hadn't shown a great deal at home for a stable which is traditionally strong in this division and is regarded as more of a stayer than a speed horse with the Finale at Chepstow accordingly suggested as his next port of call. As impressive as he was, there is a possibility that this race rather fell into his lap as the two market leaders, Dolatulo and On Khee, chased a strong pace in company with Professeur Emery. Dolatulo had made every yard in winning his first two starts but was continually harried for the lead by Professeur Emery and did cede the advantage when making a bad mistake at the third. He made another bad mistake at the second last when already been asked for more by his jockey and had run his race at that point; to his credit, he kept on well enough for second but connections may need to teach him to settle if he's to fulfil his promise. On Khee is thought capable of winning races over hurdles by her shrewd handler and is sure to be placed to advantage in due course as this was a satisfactory introduction given that she was always hot on the heels of the leaders who appear to have gone off too hard. Professeur Emery has some scope but needs to learn to settle but this was an encouraging introduction from Missionaire, a Flat winner from a mark of 72, and he should prove capable of winning a handicap once qualified for a mark.