Betfair Hurdle
Grade 3 Handicap, Newbury 15:35
£155,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 69y, Class 1  
Saturday 11th February 2017

The weights have been unveiled for the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle, staged at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, February 11, Betfair Super Saturday.

The extended two-mile Grade Three Betfair Hurdle is Britain's richest handicap hurdle.

Betfair's 15/2 favourite is Ballyandy (Nigel Twiston-Davies), who has been allotted 10st 6lb for what would be his handicap hurdle debut.

Ballyandy
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Ballyandy

The six-year-old won the G1 Champion Bumper at last year's Cheltenham Festival, but has yet to get his head in front in three starts in novices' hurdles, most recently going down by half a length in a G2 contest at Sandown Park on December 2.

Also prominent in the market with Betfair are Modus (Paul Nicholls, joint top-weight of 11st 12lb), who triumphed on January 14 in the Listed Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton Park. Owner J P McManus and trainer Paul Nicholls are also responsible for exciting novice Movewiththetimes (10st 7lb), successful on two of his three starts over hurdles.

McManus, who saw his colours carried to victory in the Betfair Hurdle by My Tent Or Yours (2013) and Get Me Out Of Here (2010), owns six of the Betfair Hurdle entries. They also include Consul De Thaix (Nicky Henderson, 10st 11lb), runner-up in a valuable G3 handicap at Ascot in December and the lightly-raced Winter Escape (Alan King, 10st 11lb), winner of his first three starts but a disappointment when favourite for the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in November.

A total of 13 Irish-trained entries go forward, including joint top-weight Ivan Grozny (Willie Mullins, 11st 12lb), a G2 scorer when last seen out at Tipperary in October.

Rashaan
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Rashaan

A very interesting Irish-trained entry is Rashaan (Colin Kidd, 11st 11lb), who claimed the notable scalps of G1 winners Apple's Jade and Petit Mouchoir when successful in the G2 WKD Hurdle at Down Royal on November 4.

Kidd, who is based in County Carlow, is mulling his options with the five-year-old and commented: "The Betfair Hurdle is an option for Rashaan.

"I haven't decided which way to go with him yet. There is a nice two-mile Flat race on the All-Weather at Dundalk on the same weekend as the Betfair Hurdle, which is another possible target.

"A lot will depend on the going as he does want good ground and there is quite a big difference between his rating in Ireland and the weight he has been given at Newbury.

"All has been good with him since he won at Down Royal and we are deciding where we will go with him next. He needs one run before he goes to Cheltenham."

Other contenders prominent in Betfair's ante-post market are Peter The Mayo Man (Neil Mulholland, 10st 13lb), an 11-length winner over the course and distance on November 3 and Wait For Me (Philip Hobbs, 10st 9lb), another course and distance scorer who was a staying-on fourth in last season's County Hurdle.

Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented today: "Ballyandy looks to have a decent racing weight and having won the contest with Splash of Ginge in 2014 his trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, knows what's required to win this prestigious handicap and he is sure to have the Cheltenham bumper winner nicely primed.

"It is an ultra-competitive betting heat and we are paying five places to each way punters in the race."

A maximum field of 24 runners is permitted to line up for the Betfair Hurdle. There is a scratchings deadline on January 24, details of which will be revealed on January 25.

Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3)
£155,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 69y, Class 1
52 remaining entries
Entries closed January 10, entries revealed January 11 (54 entries - 1 subsequently scratched, 1 expunged), weights revealed January 18. Scratchings deadline January 24, five-day confirmation stage February 6, final declaration stage 10.00am, February 9.

Horse Age Weight Owner Trainer
IVAN GROZNY 7 11-12 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
MODUS 7 11-12 J P McManus Paul Nicholls
RASHAAN 5 11-11 Mrs TJ Kidd/Mrs R Treacy Colin Kidd IRE
L'AMI SERGE 7 11-09 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
RENNETI 8 11-08 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
FOOTPAD 5 11-06 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
CH'TIBELLO 6 11-06 The Can't Say No Partnership Dan Skelton
GWAFA 6 11-04 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Paul Webber
HARGAM 6 11-03 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
SUTTON PLACE 6 11-00 J P McManus Gordon Elliott IRE
CLYNE 7 11-00 David M Williams Evan Williams
THOMAS HOBSON 7 11-00 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
PETER THE MAYO MAN 7 10-13 Masterson Holdings Limited Neil Mulholland
BOITE 7 10-13 Mrs T Brown Warren Greatrex
ALLBLAK DES PLACES 5 10-13 George Creighton Willie Mullins IRE
ROBINSHILL 6 10-12 R J Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies
KOSHARI 5 10-12 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
ZUBAYR 5 10-12 P J Vogt Paul Nicholls
MICK JAZZ 6 10-12 G P Mahoney Gordon Elliott IRE
WINTER ESCAPE 6 10-11 J P McManus Alan King
CONSUL DE THAIX 5 10-11 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
DE NAME ESCAPES ME 7 10-10 J P McManus Noel Meade IRE
WAIT FOR ME 7 10-09 Andrew L Cohen Philip Hobbs
JALEO 5 10-08 Bloomfields Ben Pauling
CHACUN POUR SOI 5 10-08 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
KEEP IN LINE 5 10-08 Paul & Clare Rooney Alan King
BIGMARTRE 6 10-07 P J Dixon Harry Whittington
KAYF BLANCO 8 10-07 Mrs L Day, H Burdett & G McPherson Graeme McPherson
DESOTO COUNTY 8 10-07 Paul & Clare Rooney Gordon Elliott IRE
BALLYHILL 6 10-07 S Such & C G Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
MOVEWITH-THETIMES 6 10-07 J P McManus Paul Nicholls
BALLYANDY 6 10-06 Options O Syndicate Nigel Twiston-Davies
CHARLEMAR 5 10-06 The Hennessy Six Harry Whittington
OZZIE THE OSCAR 6 10-06 Bradley Partnership Philip Hobbs
BELTOR 6 10-06 Alison Mossop Robert Stephens
KAPSTADT 7 10-06 Anchor Men Ian Williams
BAGS GROOVE 6 10-05 Michael Pescod Harry Fry
DISCOURS D'UN ROI 5 10-04 Potensis Bloodstock Limited Nicky Henderson
SONG LIGHT 7 10-04 Phoenix Bloodstock Seamus Mullins
GASSIN GOLF 8 10-04 Will Roseff Kerry Lee
WILLIAM H BONNEY 6 10-03 Mr & Mrs R Scott Alan King
NEW MEMBER 6 10-03 Roberts, Churchward, Whittal-Williams Tom Lacey
SAM RED 6 10-02 M Rashdi, Blue Grey Chevron, C Hodgson Dan Skelton
CHESTERFIELD 7 10-02 The Rumble Racing Club Seamus Mullins
BERTIMONT 7 10-01 Chris Giles Dan Skelton
SLEEP EASY 5 10-01 Tony Bloom Neil Mulholland
MAX DO BRAZIL 5 9-13 Professor Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew David Pipe
DRUMCLIFF 6 9-12 J P McManus Harry Fry
VEINARD 8 9-11 T D Howley Jnr/J N O'Brien Gordon Elliott IRE
EDDIEMAURICE 6 9-11 Mel Mathias John Flint
FAITHFUL MOUNT 8 9-11 Macable Partnership Ian Williams
KRUGERMAC 6 9-04 J Hinds Gary Moore

The Betfair Hurdle – Roll of Honour

YEAR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY AGE/WEIGHT SP RAN

2016 AGRAPART
2015 VIOLET DANCER Gary Moore Joshua Moore 05-10-09 20/1 23
2014 SPLASH OF GINGE Nigel Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch 06-10-03 33/1 20
2013 MY TENT OR YOURS Nicky Henderson A P McCoy 06-11-02 5/1F 21
2012 ZARKANDAR Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 05-11-01 11/4F 20
2011 RECESSION PROOF John Quinn Dougie Costello 05-10-08 12/1 15
2010 GET ME OUT OF HERE Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 06-10-06 6/1 23
2009 Abandoned - Snow
2008 WINGMAN Gary Moore Jamie Moore 06-10-00 14/1 24
2007 HEATHCOTE Gary Moore Jamie Moore 05-10-06 50/1 20
2006 Abandoned - Frost
2005 ESSEX Michael O'Brien IRE Barry Geraghty 05-11-06 4/1F 25
2004 GEOS Nicky Henderson Marcus Foley 09-10-09 16/1 25
2003 SPIRIT LEADER Jessica Harrington IRE Norman Williamson 07-10-00 14/1 27
2002 COPELAND Martin Pipe A P McCoy 07-11-07 13/2 16
2001 LANDING LIGHT Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 06-10-02 4/1F 20
2000 GEOS Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 05-11-03 15/2 17
1999 DECOUPAGE Charles Egerton Jimmy McCarthy 07-11-00 6/1 18
1998 SHARPICAL Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 06-11-01 10/1 14
1997 MAKE A STAND Martin Pipe Chris Maude 06-11-07 6/1 18
1996 SQUIRE SILK Andy Turnell Paul Carberry 07-10-12 13/2 18
1995 MYSILV Charles Egerton Jamie Osborne 05-10-08 9/4F 8
1994 LARGE ACTION Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 06-10-08 9/2 11
1993 KING CREDO Steve Woodman Adrian Maguire 08-10-00 10/1 16
1992 RODEO STAR Nigel Tinkler Graham McCourt 06-10-10 15/2 15
1991 Abandoned - Frost
1990 DEEP SENSATION Josh Gifford Richard Rowe 05-11-03 7/1 17
1989 GREY SALUTE John Jenkins Richard Dunwoody 06-11-05 8/1 10
1988 JAMESMEAD David Elsworth Brendan Powell 07-10-00 11/1 19
1987 NEBLIN Toby Balding Stan Moore 08-10-00 10/1 21
1986 Abandoned – Snow
1985 Abandoned – Snow
1984 RA NOVA Nan Kennedy Paddy Farrell 05-10-06 16/1 26
1983 Abandoned - Snow & Frost
1982 DONEGAL PRINCE Paul Kelleway John Francome 06-10-08 13/1 27
1981 Abandoned – Waterlogged
1980 BOOTLACES David Barons Paul Leach 06-10-09 20/1 21
1979 WITHIN THE LAW Peter Easterby Alan Brown 05-11-04 25/1 28
1978 Abandoned – Frost
1977 TRUE LAD Bill Swainson Tommy Stack 07-10-04 14/1 27
1976 IRISH FASHION Michael Cunningham IRE Ron Barry 05-10-04 16/1 29
1975 TAMMUZ Fulke Walwyn Bill Smith 07-10-13 18/1 28
1974 Abandoned – Waterlogged
1973 INDIANAPOLIS John Sutcliffe snr Jeff King 06-10-06 15/2 26
1972 GOOD REVIEW Jim Dreaper IRE Val O'Brien 06-10-09 8/1 26
1971 CALA MESQUIDA John Sutcliffe snr John Cook 07-10-09 33/1 23
1970 Abandoned - Snow & Frost
1969 Abandoned - Frost
1968 PERSIAN WAR Colin Davies Jimmy Uttley 05-11-13 9/2F 33
1967 HILL HOUSE Ryan Price Josh Gifford 07-10-10 9/1 28
1966 LE VERMONTOIS Ryan Price Josh Gifford 05-11-03 15/2 28
1965 ELAN John Sutcliffe jnr David Nicholson 06-10-07 9/2F 21
1964 ROSYTH Ryan Price Josh Gifford 06-10-02 10/1 24
1963 ROSYTH Ryan Price Josh Gifford 05-10-00 20/1 41