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  • 14:35 Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle 3m 110y

  • (Grade 2) £30,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 9.30s
  • Off time: 14:36:34

Full result

14:35 Newbury Result 26th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Big Buck's (FR) 11-8 R Walsh P F Nicholls 8 1/8f
Held up towards rear but well in touch, closed 5th, led before next, shaken up to assert last, clear flat, eased close home opened 1/6 touched 1/6 £1000-£5000 £500-£4000
2nd 5 Five Dream (FR) 11-0 Ryan Mahon P F Nicholls 7 25/1
Held up towards rear but well in touch, closed 5th, ridden 3 out, went 2nd and not fluent last, stayed on, no chance with eased down winner close home opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd Pettifour (IRE) 11-0 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 9 10/1
Tracked leader, led after 5th, headed when not fluent next, challenged winner 8th, ridden 3 out, no impression from 2 out, demoted to 3rd last, stayed on same pace opened 10/1 touched 11/1
4th Sparky May 11-1 Timmy Murphy K Burke 6 8/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, closed 5th, taken to stands side breifly 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, unable to make an impression, no extra flat opened 7/1 touched 8/1
5th 40 Duc De Regniere (FR) 11-0 D F O'Regan T Symonds 9 20/1
Tracked leaders, challenged 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, weakened before next, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Cerium (FR) 11-0 D C Costello N B King 10 66/1
Led, not fluent 3rd, in tight 5th, soon headed and pulled up opened 50/1 touched 80/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.10 Tote Place: £1.10,7.50
Straight Forecast: £8.55 Exacta: £12.40 Swingers: 1&2:4.10 2&3:7.80 1&3:1.80

Jackpot: £28,514.30 carried forward to Carlisle, 27th Nov
Placepot: £118.60, Pool: £158570.66, 975.99 winning tickets
Quadpot: £37.30, Pool: £12335.36, 244.57 winning tickets

Verdict

BIG BUCK'S equalled Bula's record of 13 consecutive victories over hurdles and completed a hat-trick in this race with another facile success as both Inglis Drever and Baracouda had done before him. The unrivalled staying hurdler of his generation had upwards of 24lbs in hand of his rivals and it must be doubtful whether Duc De Regniere, his nearest rival on the figures, is still worthy of his mark of 150. There were no undue alarms and his rider reported that he was never out of second gear. Big Buck's will follow the same route to the spring Festivals as in the previous two seasons which will see him return here over Christmas. Five Dream completed a one-two for the Champion Trainer with a plucky display, finishing second to a stablemate for a second consecutive contest. It's to be hoped that the handicapper ignores this run as he'd already gone up by 6lbs for his Exeter run and is thoroughly exposed over both fences and hurdles but that seems unlikely with three higher rated rivals behind. However, he is in good heart at present and can continue to pay his way. Pettifour - a Grade Two winner over hurdles - had returned from a lengthy absence to run a blinder in handicap company at Cheltenham and managed to avoid the 'bounce' factor. This was a solid run and it will be interesting to see if connections opt to send him back over fences in an attempt to take advantage of his lower mark in that sphere. Sparky May enjoyed a wonderful campaign for her small team last season and was still travelling quite well approaching the second last but didn't pick up when asked. She's entitled to come on for this reappearance, this was only her seventh run over obstacles and she's open to further improvement.