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  • 13:00 Q Associates Juvenile Hurdle2m 110y

  • £9,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 5.05s
  • Off time: 13:00:22

Full result

13:00 Newbury Result 25th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Urbain De Sivola (FR) 10-12 N Fehily Nick Williams 3 7/2
Made all, came clear from 3 out, forged further clear flat, easily opened 5/1 touched 5/1
2nd 10 Ranjaan (FR) 10-12 R Walsh P F Nicholls 3 6/4f
In touch in 5th, pushed along and headway approaching 3 out, disputing modest 2nd and one pace 2 out, went 2nd before last, no chance when pecked last opened 8/11 touched 6/4 £1500-£1000 £600-£400 £1500-£1500 £500-£500 £300-£330 £400-£500 £320-£400 £240-£300
3rd 5 Ardlui (IRE) 10-12 R Thornton A King 3 2/1
Close 4th, went 3rd and mistake 3 out, ridden and went 2nd before 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd and weakened before last opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £1600-£400
4th Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 11-4 A P McCoy B G Powell 3 9/1
Chased winner, ridden before 3 out, lost 2nd before next, soon weakened, 4th and beaten when hit last opened 11/1 touched 11/1
5th 29 Sporting Boy (IRE) 10-12 D Elsworth M Blake 3 66/1
Took keen hold, always behind, struggling before 3 out, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th 17 Ya Hafed 10-12 L Aspell Miss S West 3 25/1
Hit 1st, chased leading pair until weakened before 3 out, tailed off in 6th when blundered last opened 25/1 touched 25/1
7th 35 Zouti (FR) 10-12 J E Moore G L Moore 3 80/1
Always behind, last and struggling 4 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
8th Frederick William 10-12 Tom Cannon (5) C Gordon 3 125/1
Always behind, ridden 4th, struggling next, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 125/1
PU Peira 10-5 R Johnson P J Hobbs 3 40/1
Hit 1st, always behind, struggling before 3 out, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before last opened 50/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.90 Tote Place: £1.70,1.20,1.20
Straight Forecast: £9.37 Exacta: £11.30 Trifecta: £25.60 Swingers: 1&2:1.90 2&3:1.10 1&3:3.10

Jackpot: £1,041.60, Pool: £30764.83, 24.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £29.80, Pool: £104059.47, 2544.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £13.70, Pool: £5917.13, 319.25 winning tickets

Verdict

A race that has had been won by some useful sorts in recent years albeit none that have had a significant impact on the Triumph Hurdle. That didn't stop punters supporting Ranjaan for the March feature the day before this race but that support looks likely to be short-lived as he failed to live up to market expectations. The Aga Khan bred 200,000 euro purchase out of Michael Delzangles stable in June appears to have plenty of scope and stayed on in a manner which suggests stamina could be his strong suit (a 14f winner on the Flat) but he will need to brush up on his jumping if he's to challenge for major honours and looks very much a work in progress. URBAIN DE SIVOLA had tried to run out on his debut but had then run well at Chepstow and took another step up the ladder with a smooth success. Making the running at a decent clip, he hurdled proficiently and quickened impressively clear of some highly regarded rivals in the straight to record an impressive success. Related to winners in France and out of a half-sister to Reve De Sivola, he looks to have a future and Chepstow's Finale Hurdle was mentioned as his possible next race with the Triumph the long-term aim for the season. Ardlui didn't appear to fulfil his ability on the Flat despite being rated in the mid-80s but had reportedly pleased his new connections at home. He was backed to beat the favourite but was ultimately well beaten having held every chance in the straight. He's entitled to improve for this experience and should stay further but it would be no great surprise were the decision taken to geld him sooner rather than later which would enable him to be back in time for the spring. Dark And Dangerous had stayed on well to win at Sandown on debut but was firmly put in his place here under a penalty and probably needs his sights lowered. Ya Hafed raced prominently for a long way and did enough to think that a small race could come his way for a yard that does well with its juveniles.