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Newbury

  • 16:50 West Berkshire Racing Club 'Junior' Bumper 1m 4f 110y

  • (Standard Open NH Flat Race) £2,700 added 4yo 13 ran
  • Winner £1,848 2nd £539 3rd £269
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 51.80s
  • Off time: 16:50:15

Full result

16:50 Newbury Result 24th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Devon Drum 10-12 D Elsworth P R Webber 4 9/2
Tracked leaders, led 2f out, clear final 150 yards, ran on well opened 9/2 touched 5/1
2nd Polly Peachum (IRE) 10-5 D Bass N J Henderson 4 13/2
Mid-division, pushed along 5f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, not pace of winner opened 13/2 touched 7/1
3rd Theatrelands 11-5 R J Killoran S Durack 4 20/1
Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, edged left and one pace inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 25/1
4th Utopian (FR) 11-8 Mr D H Dunsdon (3) N J Gifford 4 2/1f
Led, pushed along and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 9/4 touched 5/2
5th 5 Pete The Pastor 10-12 T Scudamore H Morrison 4 7/2
Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out,no impression over 1f out, soon weakened opened 4/1 touched 4/1
6th nse On Command (IRE) 10-12 N Fehily D E Cantillon 4 12/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1
7th 7 Lord Of The Dunes 10-12 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 4 8/1
Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 9/1 touched 9/1
8th Maison Royale 10-12 W Kennedy S Durack 4 66/1
Held up, ridden 4f out, soon hung left, some headway over 2f out, no impression opened 50/1 touched 66/1
9th 6 Pod 10-12 James Best (7) Mrs Caroline Keevil 4 40/1
Mid-division, ridden 3f out, no headway opened 33/1 touched 40/1
10th 13 Pilkayski 10-5 D Crosse G Deacon 4 100/1
Always towards rear opened 100/1 touched 100/1
11th ½ Daveron (IRE) 10-12 S Twiston-Davies D G Bridgwater 4 28/1
Held up in touch, lost place 5f out, well beaten final 3f opened 25/1 touched 28/1
12th 38 High Ball Roller 10-12 R Thornton N J Vaughan 4 20/1
Tracked leaders, pushed along over 6f out, weakened 3f out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
13th 60 Uncle Pettit (IRE) 10-12 Jeremiah McGrath (5) J G Portman 4 28/1
Held up towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, well beaten final 4f opened 33/1 touched 33/1
NR Snake Eyes (IRE) 10-12 A P McCoy N J Henderson 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.30 Tote Place: £1.70,3.00,5.60
Straight Forecast: £33.90 Exacta: £54.50 Swingers: 1&2:34.30 2&3:34.30 1&3:1.10

Jackpot: £25,000.00, Pool: £15501.3, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £10.30, Pool: £144986.81, 10274.18 winning tickets
Quadpot: £5.30, Pool: £7115.56, 984.54 winning tickets

Verdict

A bumper that has been won by some smart sorts in the past including Oscar Whisky and Kid Cassidy and this year's renewal may well be up to scratch despite the absence of the well-regarded Snake Eyes. There was plenty of market confidence behind DEVON DRUM even before the withdrawal of the market principal and Paul Webber confirmed that he holds the gelding in high regard with the Championship Bumper at Aintree his next port of call all being well. A Juddmonte cast-off who is related to numerous winners on the level, he travelled smoothly and quickened clear in the style of a good horse to provide further evidence of the increasing standing of Beat Hollow as a NH stallion after the Cheltenham Festival success of Cinders And Ashes. Polly Peachum is unlikely to scale the heights of her illustrious stablemates and former winners of this race but this was a pleasing debut from a filly whose dam is an unraced sister to Denman. As such, it will be no surprise to see connections try and pick up some black type. Theatrelands, another son of Beat Hollow, returned to form for his new yard after cutting little ice in a warm Ascot bumper won by Royal Guardsman where he may not have seen out the two mile trip. Utopian had been withdrawn earlier in the week due to fast ground and his amateur rider was far from hard on him here when push came to shove. He appeared to be travelling every bit as well as the winner at the top of the straight but, for all that he was readily left behind over this shorter distance, he looks capable of significantly better back up in trip on a slower surface. He had beaten the smart Triumph Hurdle seventh Ut De Sivola on his sole start in France and he should come into his own over hurdles next season. Pete The Pastor was nibbled at in the morning markets and this half-brother to jumping winners showed more than enough to believe that he can win races for his shrewd yard. On Command is another to represent wiley connections and this cheap purchase was another to indicate that he could make his presence felt in a lesser contest with this experience under his belt. They were clear of Lord Of The Dunes who had shown ability on softer ground in a similar race over this C&D but the form hadn't been working out as well as might have been expected for a contest run at this venue.