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Newbury

  • 13:15 Betfair Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £152,500 added 4yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £86,849 2nd £32,589 3rd £16,318 4th £8,128
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 51.90s
  • Off time: 13:16:30

Full result

13:15 Newbury Result 17th February 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 11-1 R Walsh P F Nicholls 5 11/4f
Mid-division, pushed along and no impression approaching 3 out, rallied 2 out, led flat, stayed on well opened 11/4 touched 3/1
2nd Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 11-1 Maurice Linehan (7) Jonjo O'Neill 8 14/1
Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, tracking leaders when badly hampered 2 out, every chance flat, held close home opened 20/1 touched 20/1
3rd s.h Raya Star (IRE) 10-3 R Thornton A King 6 12/1
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, challenged approaching last, stayed on, held towards finish opened 12/1 touched 12/1
4th Sire De Grugy (FR) 10-7 J E Moore G L Moore 6 14/1
Held up in touch, not fluent 3rd or 5th, challenged before 3 out, led after next, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra close home opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th Olofi (FR) 10-0 P J Brennan T R George 6 8/1
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, switched right and pressing leaders last, no impression flat opened 9/1 touched 9/1
6th nse Sailors Warn (IRE) 10-7 A E Lynch E J O'Grady 5 33/1
Mid-division, headway on inside approaching 5th, led before 3 out, headed after 2 out, not fluent last, no extra towards finish opened 40/1 touched 40/1
7th Brampour (IRE) 11-12 Harry Derham (7) P F Nicholls 5 33/1
Held up in rear, behind approaching 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, nearest finish opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th Rigidity 10-0 Robert Kirk (5) Tim Vaughan 5 66/1
Tracked leaders, hit 1st, ridden after 5th, lost place when hampered 2 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
9th ¾ Abergavenny 10-0 Felix De Giles B Ellison 5 14/1
With leader, led 2nd until next, prominent, ridden after 5th, lost place approaching 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
10th Third Intention (IRE) 10-6 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 10/1
Held up towards rear, some headway 2 out, soon no impression opened 11/1 touched 11/1
11th s.h Via Galilei (IRE) 10-8 Joshua Moore (5) G L Moore 7 33/1
Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, mistake next, hampered on bend after 5th, headway when badly hampered 2 out, rider having tack problems briefly and not recover opened 40/1 touched 40/1
12th hd Desert Cry (IRE) 10-7 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 6 33/1
Held up in rear, headway on inside after 3 out, weakened after next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th Ciceron (IRE) 10-0 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 6 25/1
Held up towards rear, ridden and switched right after 3 out, no impression opened 28/1 touched 28/1
14th 6 Alarazi (IRE) 10-3 R Johnson Mrs L Wadham 8 33/1
Prominent, took keen hold, every chnace 3 out, badly hampered next, weakened approaching last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
15th Empire Levant (USA) 10-4 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 5 12/1
Prominent until before 2 out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
16th 5 Ericht (IRE) 10-0 A Tinkler N J Henderson 6 25/1
Mid-division, weakened approaching 2 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
17th 6 Double Ross (IRE) 10-0 William Twiston-Davies (7) N A Twiston-Davies 6 100/1
Led until 2nd, led next until before 3 out, weakened approaching next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
18th Final Approach 11-0 P Townend W P Mullins 6 14/1
Mid-division, hit 2nd, lost place approaching 4th, well beaten after 3 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
PU Soldatino (FR) 10-12 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 14/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 4th, pushed along and lost place after 5th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
F Darlan 10-10 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 12/1
Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, going well and challenging when fell 2 out opened 11/1 touched 12/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.40 Tote Place: £1.50,3.60,2.80,3.30
Straight Forecast: £38.96 Exacta: £58.10 Trifecta: £3,768.60 Swingers: 1&2:15.70 2&3:42.80 1&3:7.80

Jackpot: £743.00, Pool: £126494.09, 120.86 winning tickets
Placepot: £19.90, Pool: £112013.42, 4090.53 winning tickets
Quadpot: £16.90, Pool: £8927.02, 390.15 winning tickets

Verdict

This was no place for the faint-hearted as a moderate early gallop meant there were plenty in with a chance leaving the back straight as runners got in the way of each other. Darlan was at the centre of the carnage as he came down two out at the head of affairs. He gave Tony McCoy a horrible fall and seriously hampered Get Me Out Of Here and Alarazi in the process. Darlan was still travelling strongly and seemed to have every chance of maintaining his unbeaten record so lets hope this traumatic incident does not leave any lasting scars. ZARKANDAR was in behind a wall of horses with three to jump and his cause looked less than rosy. Ruby Walsh managed to roust him into contention and he began to make good progress to get on the heels of the front rank at the last. A slick jump helped his cause and then he showed good determination to squeeze between rivals and edge ahead in the final 100 yards to win going away. He is now clear second favourite behind Hurricane Fly for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and although more will be needed again, his trainer felt he will "come on a ton". He has done nothing wrong to date, jumps with fluency and has a great attitude so should be on the premises at the Festival. Get Me Out Of Here ran a screamer and showed tremendous toughness under his young rider. He barely batted an eyelid despite virtually tripping over the stricken Darlan and stuck on really well to the line. Raya Star followed up his win in the Ladbroke at Ascot with another excellent effort and is progressing well. He will have entries in the County Hurdle and the Coral Cup at Cheltenham. This race had been the target for Sire De Grugy for some time and his trainer produced him spot on for the big day. He was quite keen in the early stages but came through to lead two out before being swallowed up on the run-in when outstayed by the front three. A speed test around Aintree could be the right way to go with him. Not for the first time, Olofi caught the eye for the future. Well in rear during the early stages, he crept into the race up the home straight and looked a big threat from two out. He had to switch around Raya Star on the run to the last and although he jumped it well, perhaps did not find quite as much as expected. A stiffer finish at Cheltenham over two miles might help and he could be worth trying over further so the Coral Cup could be an attractive option. Sailors Warn only gave best in the final half-furlong and there could be a nice prize in him somewhere down the line. Brampour ran on from miles back and fared quite well under his big weight. He now heads for the Champion Hurdle as well as Zarkandar.