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3:00 Sunday 19 November 2017

UNIBET GREATWOOD HANDICAP HURDLE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 2m 87y (Old)
Prize : £56,950 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Soft
Race Type : Hurdle
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Running Notes
Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Wayne Hutchinson silk 6. ELGIN 6. ELGIN -5 <
148
142 Wayne Hutchinson 5 10-8 10/111 10/111 BSP
Wayne Hutchinson silk bg DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) - CHINA TEA (USA) HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) J: Wayne Hutchinson
T: Alan King
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 145
Alan King (145)
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took the favoured route around the houses but to focus on that would do him a disservice, simply a progressive young hurdler, forced to raise his game a good deal more following a 5 lb rise for Ascot as he reversed earlier reappearance form with Misterton, back-to-back valuable handicap wins already in the bag this season; patiently ridden, smooth headway from 4 out, untidy next, shaken up early in straight, edged ahead soon after last, kept on gamely to hold on; he's such a strong-travelling sort that he'll remain a major force in these races.
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2 2 Tom Scudamore silk nk 14. MISTERTON 14. MISTERTON -7 <
140
134 Tom Scudamore 6 10-0 (9-13) 10/111 10/111 BSP
Tom Scudamore silk grg SAGAMIX (FR) - MIGHTY SPLASH CAPE CROSS (IRE) J: Tom Scudamore
T: Harry Fry
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) OR: 137
Harry Fry (137)
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improved further from 7 lb higher (including 1 lb out of weights, which proved crucial given margin involved) than at Chepstow for all he couldn't quite uphold form with Elgin, barely anything between them, though Misterton did secure an easier lead than is the norm in such a competitive handicap; made running out wide, ridden when headed entering straight, led again briefly last, battled well, proved game; another rise is in store, too.
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3 3 Bryony Frost silk 4. OLD GUARD 4. OLD GUARD -11 <
145
> +7 139 Bryony Frost (5) 6 10-12 8/19 8/19 BSP
Bryony Frost silk bg NOTNOWCATO - DOLMA (FR) MARCHAND DE SABLE (USA) J: Bryony Frost (5)
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 149
Paul Nicholls (149)
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was strong in the betting and ran right up to his best in his bid for a second Greatwood in 3 years, if anything leaving the impression he finds 2m on the sharp side in competitive company nowadays; went wide in mid-field, outpaced approaching 3 out, rallied straight, took third final 1f, stayed on.
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4 4 Richard Johnson silk 1 1. THE NEW ONE (IRE) 1. THE NEW ONE (IRE) +6 <
157
152 Richard Johnson 9 11-12 7/18 7/18 BSP
Richard Johnson silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - THURINGE (FR) TURGEON (USA) J: Richard Johnson
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-12 OR: 163
Nigel Twiston-Davies (163)
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ran about as well as could be expected up 3 lb in a deeper handicap, keeping mistakes to a minimum for a change, hugging the outer rail probably helping in that regard given his tendency to jump right; prominent out wide, took keen hold, pushed along approaching home turn, not quicken early in straight, rallied in typically gritty fashion to claim fourth final 1f.
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5 5 Mitchell Bastyan silk 1 16. WILLIAM H BONNEY 16. WILLIAM H BONNEY -12 <
130+
> -7 124 Mitchell Bastyan (5) 6 10-0 (9-10) 12/113 12/113 BSP
Mitchell Bastyan silk bg MIDNIGHT LEGEND - CALAMINTHA MTOTO J: Mitchell Bastyan (5)
T: Alan King
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-0 (9-10) OR: 137
Alan King (137)
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shaped even better after 6 months off, up in grade yet going like the best horse at the weights under this excellent claimer only to falter late, excuses for that readily at hand, among them his absence, early exuberance and a path closer to the unfavoured inner than other principals, this all from 4 lb out of the weights; mid-field, tanked along, good progress 3 out, produced to lead entering straight, headed approaching last, tied up run-in, lost third/fourth final 1f; one to note for other big handicaps.
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6 6 James Bowen silk 8 13. NIETZSCHE 13. NIETZSCHE F (61) <
119+
114 James Bowen (5) 4 10-0 (9-13) 12/113 12/113 BSP
James Bowen silk chg POET'S VOICE - GANGA (IRE) GENEROUS (IRE) J: James Bowen (5)
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 4 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) Eq: (h) OR: 137
Brian Ellison (h) (137)
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twice-raced on the Flat this autumn (last seen 6 weeks earlier), was possibly unsuited by such testing conditions back at the scene of his Fred Winter placing, certainly promising better for a long way from 1 lb out of the weights; mid-field out wide, settled better than usual, not fluent third, close up when shaken up after 2 out, fourth home turn, faded approaching last.
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7 7 David Bass silk ½ 11. JENKINS (IRE) 11. JENKINS (IRE) +8 <
117
> +4 112 David Bass 5 10-0 5/16 5/16 BSP
David Bass silk bg AZAMOUR (IRE) - ALADIYNA (IRE) INDIAN DANEHILL (IRE) J: David Bass
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-0 OR: 137
Nicky Henderson (137)
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hasn't progressed from a winning debut in this sphere, long-time favourite for this race yet producing a lacklustre display after 7 months off, though it might have been ground-related, Flat bred after all; raced off the pace, not always fluent, never going well from fourth, labouring 3 out, merely plugged on; on balance, he's worth one more chance from a potentially lenient mark away from a bog.
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8 8 Brian Hughes silk ½ 7. PROJECT BLUEBOOK (FR) 7. PROJECT BLUEBOOK (FR) F (91) <
123+
118 Brian Hughes 4 10-6 40/141 40/141 BSP
Brian Hughes silk blg SINNDAR (IRE) - APPERELLA RAINBOW QUEST (USA) J: Brian Hughes
T: John Quinn
Age: 4 Wgt: 10-6 OR: 143
John Quinn (143)
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who had run well on the Flat when last seen 3 months earlier, again shaped better than the bare result in a premier handicap hurdle, conditions possibly a factor by the end; patiently ridden, out wide, travelled well and yet to be asked for effort when approaching 3 out, not fluent there, shaken up after, made little impression.
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9 9 Barry Geraghty silk 6 3. TIGRIS RIVER (IRE) 3. TIGRIS RIVER (IRE) +25 <
120
> +16 115 Barry Geraghty 6 10-13 14/115 14/115 BSP
Barry Geraghty silk bg MONTJEU (IRE) - HULA ANGEL (USA) WOODMAN (USA) J: Barry Geraghty
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (t) OR: 150
Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland (t) (150)
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is better judged on his Galway Hurdle winning form, not seen to best effect 4 months on, ridden with an eye on another day; mid-field, lost ground soon after 3 out, not knocked about.
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10 10 Daniel Sansom silk 5. CHESTERFIELD (IRE) 5. CHESTERFIELD (IRE) +28 <
114
110 Daniel Sansom (7) 7 10-11 25/126 25/126 BSP
Daniel Sansom silk chg PIVOTAL - ANTIQUE (IRE) DUBAI MILLENNIUM J: Daniel Sansom (7)
T: Seamus Mullins
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 148
Seamus Mullins (148)
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couldn't pick up where he left off in the spring but track position had a big say in that, as such best excused this return; raced on unfavoured inside, patiently ridden, mistake third, lost touch before 2 out.
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11 11 Harry Skelton silk 30 12. MOHAAYED 12. MOHAAYED +31 <
58
55 Harry Skelton 5 10-0 9/110 9/110 BSP
Harry Skelton silk bg INTIKHAB (USA) - REYAADA DAYLAMI (IRE) J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-0 Eq: (t) OR: 137
Dan Skelton (t) (137)
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disappointed on the face of it after 6 months off but can likely have a line put through the run, racing on the worst of the ground as he did; patiently ridden on inner, shaken up from 4 out, no response, lost touch before 2 out; type to bounce back quickly.
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12 12 Aidan Coleman silk 2. IVANOVICH GORBATOV (IRE) 2. IVANOVICH GORBATOV (IRE) +82 <
66
> +29 63 Aidan Coleman 5 11-0 20/121 20/121 BSP
Aidan Coleman silk bg MONTJEU (IRE) - NORTHERN GULCH (USA) GULCH (USA) J: Aidan Coleman
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-0 Eq: (t) OR: 151
Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland (t) (151)
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offered little after 8 months off but ought to do better somewhere down the line this season, not really making an impact in 2016/17 until the Festival here; tracked pace, lost place 4 out, labouring from next.
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F F Tom O'Brien silk 9. LONDON PRIZE 9. LONDON PRIZE <
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Tom O'Brien 6 10-2 9/25.5f 9/25.5f BSP
Tom O'Brien silk bg TEOFILO (IRE) - ZIBET KRIS J: Tom O'Brien
T: Ian Williams
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-2 Eq: (s) OR: 139
Ian Williams (s) (139)
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one of the success stories of the last 6 months, met with a sad end, still involved - but seemingly just losing ground having raced closer to the middle than the principals - when suffering fatal injuries in a fall 2 out.
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Non Runners: TOP OTHE RA (IRE), AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE), FLYING TIGER (IRE). Hurdles: 8. Race Distance Adjustment: +63 yds

Winning Owner: Elite Racing Club

Time: 4m 3.1s Closing Sectional: (4.15f): 61.60s (99.9%)

This had the potential to be something close to a vintage Greatwood but it was rendered rather unsatisfactory thanks mainly to the heavy rain the track had endured the previous day, which led not only to a couple of non runners but also handed the advantage to those who took the wide route, absolutely no one-off at this course when conditions turn that way; on the plus side, the front pair - old rivals from Chepstow - did fall into the category of second-season improvers, though it was William H Bonney further back who emerged with most credit the way it went, doing best of those who didn't go around the outer; the pace wasn't strong for a race of this nature, yet it still developed into something of a slog in the straight.

ELGIN took the favoured route around the houses but to focus on that would do him a disservice, simply a progressive young hurdler, forced to raise his game a good deal more following a 5 lb rise for Ascot as he reversed earlier reappearance form with Misterton, back-to-back valuable handicap wins already in the bag this season; patiently ridden, smooth headway from 4 out, untidy next, shaken up early in straight, edged ahead soon after last, kept on gamely to hold on; he's such a strong-travelling sort that he'll remain a major force in these races.

MISTERTON improved further from 7 lb higher (including 1 lb out of weights, which proved crucial given margin involved) than at Chepstow for all he couldn't quite uphold form with Elgin, barely anything between them, though Misterton did secure an easier lead than is the norm in such a competitive handicap; made running out wide, ridden when headed entering straight, led again briefly last, battled well, proved game; another rise is in store, too.

OLD GUARD was strong in the betting and ran right up to his best in his bid for a second Greatwood in 3 years, if anything leaving the impression he finds 2m on the sharp side in competitive company nowadays; went wide in mid-field, outpaced approaching 3 out, rallied straight, took third final 1f, stayed on.

THE NEW ONE (IRE) ran about as well as could be expected up 3 lb in a deeper handicap, keeping mistakes to a minimum for a change, hugging the outer rail probably helping in that regard given his tendency to jump right; prominent out wide, took keen hold, pushed along approaching home turn, not quicken early in straight, rallied in typically gritty fashion to claim fourth final 1f.

WILLIAM H BONNEY shaped even better after 6 months off, up in grade yet going like the best horse at the weights under this excellent claimer only to falter late, excuses for that readily at hand, among them his absence, early exuberance and a path closer to the unfavoured inner than other principals, this all from 4 lb out of the weights; mid-field, tanked along, good progress 3 out, produced to lead entering straight, headed approaching last, tied up run-in, lost third/fourth final 1f; one to note for other big handicaps.

NIETZSCHE twice-raced on the Flat this autumn (last seen 6 weeks earlier), was possibly unsuited by such testing conditions back at the scene of his Fred Winter placing, certainly promising better for a long way from 1 lb out of the weights; mid-field out wide, settled better than usual, not fluent third, close up when shaken up after 2 out, fourth home turn, faded approaching last.

JENKINS (IRE) hasn't progressed from a winning debut in this sphere, long-time favourite for this race yet producing a lacklustre display after 7 months off, though it might have been ground-related, Flat bred after all; raced off the pace, not always fluent, never going well from fourth, labouring 3 out, merely plugged on; on balance, he's worth one more chance from a potentially lenient mark away from a bog.

PROJECT BLUEBOOK (FR) who had run well on the Flat when last seen 3 months earlier, again shaped better than the bare result in a premier handicap hurdle, conditions possibly a factor by the end; patiently ridden, out wide, travelled well and yet to be asked for effort when approaching 3 out, not fluent there, shaken up after, made little impression.

TIGRIS RIVER (IRE) is better judged on his Galway Hurdle winning form, not seen to best effect 4 months on, ridden with an eye on another day; mid-field, lost ground soon after 3 out, not knocked about.

CHESTERFIELD (IRE) couldn't pick up where he left off in the spring but track position had a big say in that, as such best excused this return; raced on unfavoured inside, patiently ridden, mistake third, lost touch before 2 out.

MOHAAYED disappointed on the face of it after 6 months off but can likely have a line put through the run, racing on the worst of the ground as he did; patiently ridden on inner, shaken up from 4 out, no response, lost touch before 2 out; type to bounce back quickly.

IVANOVICH GORBATOV (IRE) offered little after 8 months off but ought to do better somewhere down the line this season, not really making an impact in 2016/17 until the Festival here; tracked pace, lost place 4 out, labouring from next.

LONDON PRIZE one of the success stories of the last 6 months, met with a sad end, still involved - but seemingly just losing ground having raced closer to the middle than the principals - when suffering fatal injuries in a fall 2 out.