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Newbury

  • 14:35 Betfair Graduation Chase3m

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £12,996 2nd £3,816 3rd £1,908 4th £954
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 18.50s
  • Off time: 14:35:40

Full result

14:35 Newbury Result 14th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Time For Rupert (IRE) 11-8 D F O'Regan P R Webber 7 8/15f
Made all, nudged out flat, readily opened 8/13 touched 8/13 £800-£1300 £400-£650
2nd The Giant Bolster 11-8 T Scudamore D G Bridgwater 6 5/1
Mostly tracked winner throughout, jumped slowly 2nd, ridden 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression opened 4/1 touched 5/1
3rd 12 Carpincho (FR) 11-1 Aidan Coleman Mrs S J Humphrey 7 9/1
Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th until approaching 9th where mistake, not fluent 13th, mistake and ridden 3 out, well held last opened 11/1 touched 11/1
4th Pasco (SWI) 11-8 R Walsh P F Nicholls 8 11/2
Held up in 4th, mistakes 8th (water) and 12th, shaken up after 3 out, ridden after next, no impression, well held last opened 5/1 touched 6/1 £2400-£400 £5500-£1000

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.40
Straight Forecast: £3.59 Exacta: £2.60

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

Verdict

A nice drop in grade for TIME FOR RUPERT and, getting his own way out, he never looked like seeing another rival. Denis O'Regan, taking over from Will Kennedy, didn't have to do anything special but he did seem to get the Flemensfirth gelding into a nice rhythm, and any minor jumping mistakes were fiddly more than anything else. Although The Giant Bolster and Carpincho were close up turning for home, O'Regan was in no rush and he sealed the victory with fluent leaps at the final two fences. Just nudged out to the line, he won as the official ratings suggested he would and he should take plenty of confidence after this. However all the evidence so far suggests that he is shy of the top level (at this stage of his career at least) and there seems little doubt that an easy lead and a small field suits him best. Runner-up The Giant Bolster has now completed twice in a row which is surely the main aim given his record, and he ran a fine race, albeit a relatively unthreatening one. Mind you he had lots to find at the weights and has taken another step forward here, with only one real notable slow jump at the second, against him. He will come on again for the run and will be interesting next time assuming the handicapper leaves him (relatively) alone. Miles back in third was Carpincho who did well to complete, having made a couple of serious errors. Those ultimately took their toll and he was beaten off convincingly; a lesser grade will suit better when he has a chance at the weights. Last, and not at the races, was Pasco. He's not got the greatest record on his seasonal return, but this three mile trip in testing ground was never going to be suitable. He likes the track, but didn't jump the water too well and seemed to lack a bit of enthusiasm all round. He wasn't really put in the race though and will be of more interest over two-to-two-and-a-half miles when next seen.