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  • 15:50 Inkerman London 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle2m 110y

  • £6,500 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £4,224 2nd £1,240 3rd £620 4th £310
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.90s
  • Off time: 15:50:35

Full result

15:50 Newbury Result 25th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st It's A Gimme (IRE) 11-0 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 4 7/2
In touch in 6th, headway to chase leaders 3 out, 3rd and edged left 2 out, continued to hang left, led soon after last, hung left flat, driven out opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £2250-£500
2nd ½ Colour Squadron (IRE) 11-0 R Johnson P J Hobbs 5 5/2
In touch, not much room on inside bend well before 3 out and slightly hampered, headway and chased leaders 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, chased winner after last, kept on under pressure, always just held opened 11/4 touched 11/4 £1800-£600 £1500-£500 £1500-£600
3rd Mono Man (IRE) 11-0 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 5/4f
Chased leader untiol 4th, chased leaders, led 3 out, pressed and hit last, soon headed, rallied flat but not recover opened 6/5 touched 11/8 £7000-£4000 £3250-£2000 £2600-£1600 £1625-£1000 £812-£500 £650-£400 £600-£400 £3300-£2400 £2750-£2000 £1100-£800(x12) £550-£400
4th 10 Broomfield 11-0 R Thornton P F Nicholls 4 16/1
Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before next, hit 2 out, ridden and weakened between last 2 opened 14/1 touched 16/1
5th 20 Judge Davis 11-0 P J Brennan Mrs Caroline Keevil 4 14/1
Took keen hold, chased leadrs, went 2nd 4 out, led briefly before next, hit 3 out and soon weakened, tailed off opened 14/1 touched 14/1
6th ½ Lemon's Gent 11-0 D Elsworth P R Webber 4 40/1
Chased leaders, mistake 4 out, pushed along when mistake 3 out, soon weakened opened 33/1 touched 40/1
7th 6 Ballygarvey (FR) 11-0 W Kennedy Miss H C Knight 5 125/1
Led, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, weakened before next opened 125/1 touched 125/1
8th 10 Cousin Khee 11-0 T Scudamore H Morrison 4 20/1
Held up in rear, tailed off 3 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
9th 18 Spoil Me (IRE) 11-0 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 4 125/1
Always towards rear, slow 2nd, tailed off when hit 2 out opened 125/1 touched 125/1
10th 8 Kala Patthar 11-0 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 4 150/1
Blundered 3rd, always in rear, tailed off opened 150/1 touched 150/1
11th 50 Dragon's Roost (IRE) 11-0 J E Moore G L Moore 6 50/1
Always towards rear, lost touch 4 out, tailed off and eased before next opened 50/1 touched 50/1
12th Basil Fawlty (IRE) 11-0 N Fehily W Greatrex 6 80/1
Pulled hard in rear, tailed off and eased before 3 out, clambered over 2 out opened 80/1 touched 80/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.40 Tote Place: £1.90,1.20,1.10
Straight Forecast: £13.03 Exacta: £13.70 Trifecta: £14.80 Swingers: 1&2:2.20 2&3:1.60 1&3:2.20

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 maiden hurdle with a good history having been won by Rhinestone Cowboy, Sizing Europe and Copper Bleu amongst others while Nicky Henderson had won the last two renewals for owner JP McManus with Bellvano and Kid Cassidy. The owners' silks once again passed the past in front but this time it was aboard trainer Jonjo O'Neill's IT'S A GIMME who got the better of the more strongly fancied Henderson runner Mono Man. The winner showed a decent level of form in bumpers - twice running close behind Keys - before running the unbeaten Hazy Tom to a head on his hurdling debut. His yard is in a rich vein of form at present and he travelled strongly into contention before running on well for pressure. There should be more to come from this son of Beneficial who rates a promising recruit. He had the edge in experience over the placed horses who both attracted good support in the market. Colour Squadron had impressed in a Chepstow bumper on debut and, like many from that sphere, will probably prefer a stiffer test than was on offer here. A maiden win over hurdles is a formality on this evidence and he could take high rank. Hopes are high for Mono Man who would have gone close but for making a mess of the final flight; the first two had flown by the time that he gathered himself but it was pleasing to see him close the leaders down to the line. He, like the first two home, should have prove competitive in graded company before the season's out. Broomfield's reputation preceded him to the track last season but he failed to deliver; he was left behind by the first three between the final two flights but this was certainly a step in the right direction for this half-brother to Behrajan. He may be more of a long-term project and was, sensibly, looked after by his jockey once his chance had gone and he should benefit from this run. That quartet outclassed the remainder but there were some noteworthy performances in behind. Judge Davis raced with the principals for a long way, Lemon's Gent was far from disgraced and Spoil Me travelled well enough to believe that he has a future in time but the big eyecatcher was Cousin Khee. A useful bumper performer (eighth at Cheltenham) for a yard that doesn't rush their horses, this was a highly encouraging start to his hurdling career and he can be expected to step up significantly on this run in time.