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  • 13:25 First Great Western Maiden Hurdle2m 110y

  • £4,000 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 19.70s
  • Off time: 13:25:50

Full result

13:25 Newbury Result 14th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Colour Squadron (IRE) 11-0 R Johnson P J Hobbs 5 7/4
Made all, not fluent 4th, jumped left 2 out, driven when pressed last, wandered final 150 yards, stayed on well opened 9/4 touched 9/4 £1000-£400 £750-£400
2nd 1 Montbazon (FR) 11-0 W Hutchinson A King 4 5/1
Held up in touch, not fluent 4th, went 3rd after 5th, chased winner 2 out, challenging when not fluent last, stayed on, held final 100 yards opened 10/3 touched 5/1
3rd 19 Ericht (IRE) 11-0 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 6/5f
Tracked winner until ridden 2 out, weakened last opened 5/4 touched 11/8 £2750-£2000(x2) £2200-£1600(x2) £1100-£800(x2) £550-£400(x3) £2500-£2000(x2) £1500-£1200 £1000-£800(x4) £500-£400(x4)
4th 8 War Singer (USA) 11-0 T Scudamore D Pipe 4 10/1
Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, ridden 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 18 Constant Contact 11-0 A P Lane D McCain Jnr 4 40/1
Held up towards rear, took keen hold, jumped slowly 2nd, mistake 5th, well held 3 out, went remote 5th last, tailed off opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th 13 Merry King (IRE) 11-0 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 4 66/1
Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
7th 8 Winning Spark (USA) 11-0 Joshua Moore (5) G L Moore 4 100/1
Held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, weakened 3 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
8th 23 Osgood 11-0 D Elsworth M R Channon 4 50/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, well beaten 3 out, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
9th 56 Goochypoochyprader 10-7 James Banks (7) N Lampard 4 200/1
Mid-division, ridden after 5th, soon behind, went badly left 2 out, tailed off opened 150/1 touched 200/1
10th 12 Celtic Charlie (FR) 11-0 C Bolger P Phelan 6 200/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, lost touch from 5th, tailed off opened 150/1 touched 200/1
11th ½ Push Me (IRE) 10-7 Matthew Batchelor Jamie Poulton 4 66/1
Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened after 5th, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR Kuilsriver (IRE) 11-0 N Fehily N J Gifford 4 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.90 Tote Place: £1.40,1.30,1.10
Straight Forecast: £11.09 Exacta: £11.20 Swingers: 1&2:1.10 2&3:1.90 1&3:1.30

Placepot: £12.70, Pool: £65766.14, 3750.92 winning tickets
Quadpot: £5.70, Pool: £4432.18, 571.27 winning tickets

Verdict

Two promising horses pulled clear of a well-thought-of runner in third, so the form at first inspection looks strong, however it may not pay to get overly carried away given the testing ground conditions. Having said that, COLOUR SQUADRON looks a horse to follow, especially when allowed an easy lead like here. He jumped well out in front for Richard Johnson, and was the spearhead of a leading quintet who had dropped the deadwood by the turn for home. As Merry King also dropped away (showed plenty of promise mind you) the leader was still travelling strongly in front. He did run down the second-last flight, slightly taking Montbazon's ground in the process, but his jump at the last was slicker and it enabled him to pinch a length on the runner-up. Under a strong drive he kept the gallop up the line, and looked in essence like a horse who will appreciate another furlong or two, rather than resent it. His trainer looks to have the longer races at Cheltenham well covered with Fingal Bay, but on this evidence he will have a lively outsider for the Supreme Novices', although it should be noted that both of his runs have been at Newbury. Runner-up Montbazon was keen early on, and landed a little steeply at the first. However his jumping in the main was decent (connections reportedly schooled him intensively) and he came there before three out hard on the bridle. Slightly impeded two out, his leap at the last wasn't as quick as the winner's, and as a result he was on the back foot. He did run on, but never looked like reeling in the winner close home. His bumper runs, whilst strong, were often characterised by travelling strongly before finding horses too strong late on, and backers would probably like to see him overhaul some runners late in the day before too long. Mind you this was very testing ground, which wouldn't; have been ideal, and he should be a shoo-in for next time as long as the sights aren't overly high. Ericht was disappointing in third, beaten a long way at the line although not exactly knocked about. He was ridden prominently and jumped smoothly, but came under pressure before the third-last and was quite quickly left behind. To his credit he held the fourth home comfortably, but it's hard to say that this was a stellar run and his profile is now one with several holes in it. He's worth another shot on better ground however. There was money for David Pipe's newcomer War Singer, and he ran well considering he was keen enough and fumbled the fifth flight. Watch out for him at one of the smaller venues. Constant Contact was pitched in at the deep end on his hurdling debut, but ran ok, whilst Merry King travelled nicely but emptied when the race quickened. He was sent off at 66/1 and will be shorter next time, especially when the former point-to-point winner is stepped up in trip.