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Wetherby

  • 15:00 bet365 Hurdle 3m 1f

  • (Registered As The West Yorkshire Hurdle) (Grade 2) £36,500 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £20,787 2nd £7,800 3rd £3,906 4th £1,945
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 19.30s
  • Off time: 15:00:30

Full result

15:00 Wetherby Result 2nd November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Tidal Bay (IRE) 11-8 S Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 12 11/4
Held up in 5th, closed before 3 out, waited with until went 2nd and not fluent last, ridden and strong run towards finish, led close home opened 9/4 touched 11/4 £1000-£400 £900-£400
2nd 1 Medinas (FR) 11-4 R Thornton A King 6 9/4j
Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, jumped slowly and ridden 4 out, led before 3 out, went left last, headed close home opened 5/2 touched 5/2 £1000-£400
3rd 4 Captain Sunshine 11-0 D Elsworth Miss E C Lavelle 7 6/1
Led into start, tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, jumped slowly 8th and given reminder, mistake and one pace 3 out, rallied before last, stayed on same pace flat opened 15/2 touched 8/1
4th 11 Trustan Times (IRE) 11-4 D C Costello T D Easterby 7 9/4j
Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway after 6th, mistake 3 out, soon hung left, no extra last opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £1100-£400(x2) £2500-£1000 £1250-£500
5th 20 Across The Bay (IRE) 11-8 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 9 16/1
Led, ridden and headed before 3 out, weakening when not fluent next opened 12/1 touched 16/1
PU The Knoxs (IRE) 11-0 Ryan Mania Mrs S J Smith 10 28/1
Pressed leader until after 6th, weakened and pulled up before 3 out opened 20/1 touched 28/1
NR At Fishers Cross (IRE) 11-4 Non Runner Miss R Curtis 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.50 Tote Place: £2.60,1.90
Straight Forecast: £9.56 Exacta: £9.20 Trifecta: £30.50 Swingers: 1&2:1.60 2&3:2.20 1&3:4.40

Placepot: £229.30, Pool: £75495.06, 240.3 winning tickets
Quadpot: £152.40, Pool: £6529.56, 31.7 winning tickets

Verdict

Recent renewals have been something of a mixed bag and haven't had any real bearing on the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with Big Buck's dominating the staying scene of late. TIDAL BAY, winner of this race last year, may have lined up against him last March but for injury and there was nothing in this performance to suggest that he wouldn't be a live contender were he to go down that route this season having become the third dual winner of this prize since the millenium. The winner travelled pretty well throughout and was always in touch but he was slow to get away from the last after a sloppy leap and looked in trouble as a result but he showed a good turn of foot to pick up Medinas and was good value for the win. He may not be getting any better at the age of 12, rising 13, but he certainly doesn't look to be on the downgrade and this quirky character - who finished second in the Hennessy before winning the Lexus last season - should continue to give connections a lot of fun - and be a force - wherever he goes. As far as the World Hurdle goes, the 11 year old Crimson Embers was the last double figure (age-wise) winner in 1986 but the division doesn't have too much depth and it'd be a brave man that dismissed him out of hand. Coral Cup winner Medinas had been pulled up in the Liverpool Hurdle but proved that he could cut it at graded level with a battling performance. He was having being niggled along leaving the back straight but came back on the bridle and ran all the way to the line to suggest that he has the stamina for this trip. More of a question is whether he has the scope to make the necessary progression to trouble the best in this division and about that there is some doubt but he should be able to pick up plenty of prize money along the way. Captain Sunshine is, arguably, in the same boat as he's probably a little too high for handicapping while his tendency to give away ground at the start can also cause him problems. Both runners still have the option of chasing as does Trustan Times who was hailed as a potential threat to Big Buck's after winning a Grade 3 Brush Hurdle handicap at Haydock. He struggled to match those expectations and, on the face of it, this was an underwhelming return but it was his first start since February and the run may have been needed. Across The Bay was not at his best but should continue to pay his way over hurdles and fences while The Knoxs is being aimed at the Grand National by his new connections and there will be other days for him.