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  • 13:00 Berkshire Stand Bookshop Juvenile Hurdle2m 110y

  • £4,000 added 4yo 6 ran
  • Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 17.90s
  • Off time: 13:08:35

Full result

13:00 Newbury Result 18th January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Crafty Roberto 10-12 T J O'Brien Noel Quinlan 4 40/1
Settled in rear 1st, mistake and hampered 2nd, headway to handy 4th before 4 out, staying on when left 2nd 2 out, 3 lengths down and closing on idling leader last, led flat, stayed on well opened 40/1 touched 40/1
2nd Art History (IRE) 10-12 Jack Quinlan (5) J P Ferguson 4 6/1
Tracked leading pair, left 2nd at 2nd, ridden and hung left after 3 out, left in 4 lengths lead next, idled badly, hanging left and 3 lengths ahead when went left last, headed flat, kept on same pace opened 5/1 touched 6/1
3rd 11 Sud Pacifique (IRE) 10-12 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 4 3/1
Tracked leaders, went 3rd before 4 out, driven along before 3 out, no impression when went left and weakened next opened 7/2 touched 7/2
F Grumeti 11-5 W Hutchinson A King 4 8/15f
Tracked leader, left in lead 2nd, clear after 3 out, slithered on landing and fell 2 out opened 8/15 touched 4/7
F Davids Dilemma 10-12 Charlie Studd (3) A Reid 4 200/1
Pulled hard, held up, headway to 4th after 1st, losing place when mistake 4th, soon tailed off, fell 3 out opened 200/1 touched 200/1
UR Circus Star (USA) 10-12 S Quinlan Mrs P Sly 4 100/1
Pulled hard, led, jinked 1st, tried to run out and unseated rider next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR Levantera (IRE) 10-5 D A Jacob Miss J S Davis 4
NR One Lucky Lady 10-12 A Tinkler N J Henderson 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £37.80 Tote Place: £8.80,2.40
Straight Forecast: £228.69 Exacta: £88.70 Swingers: 1&2:3.70 2&3:1.60 1&3:2.70

Placepot: £1,857.20, Pool: £81970.25, 32.21 winning tickets
Quadpot: £112.60, Pool: £8860.77, 58.2 winning tickets

Verdict

Detroit City has been the best recent winner of this juvenile hurdle and Philip Hobbs' grey went on to win the Triumph Hurdle for which Grumeti's odds were cut despite his fall at the second last. This was expected to prove a formality for Alan King's impressive Taunton winner and everything was going according to plan until his departure. It was an odd fall as he jumped the flight well enough only to appear to slither on landing and lose his legs; he did, however, just flick the top bar and it was possibly this that made the difference. He would no doubt have won very easily if he had stood up but he had very little to beat and it's debateable as to how much more we would have learnt about his Festival claims. Connections will no doubt be keen to get another run into him next month before heading to Cheltenham where his claims must be respected. Art History was of a similar level of ability on the Flat and ran a fair race on this second start over obstacles. He was left in front by the favourite's fall but pulled himself up having jumped the last and was overhauled by CRAFTY ROBERTO before rallying. He probably paid the price, to some extent, for trying to match strides with Grumeti on ground that was more testing than ideal and can be forgiven his antics on this occasion. The winner had been beaten under nine lengths into last in a modest Grade Two on debut before being well backed at Huntingdon in a fair event where he looked beaten when falling at the last having raced keenly. His jockey was still holding on to him at the rear as the field entered the straight before asking for his effort and picking up the pieces after Grumeti's departure; he certainly saw out the race well enough on this more testing circuit and is progressing; there could be more to come at the right level. Sud Pacifique ended his Flat career on a mark of 98 having won three of his seven starts but hadn't always looked entirely straightforward and was tried in cheekpieces. He jumped neatly enough on this first start over hurdles and was still in touch until the top of the home straight when he began to tire. He should be able to build on this start, possibly on better ground.