Betfair Hurdle
Grade 3 Handicap, Newbury 15:35
£155,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 69y, Class 1  
Saturday 10th February 2018

Defi Du Seuil
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Defi Du Seuil
Heading the weights for the Betfair Hurdle, which is staged over two miles and 69 yards, is Defi Du Seuil (Philip Hobbs, 11st 12lb, 14/1 with Betfair), who went through last season unbeaten in seven starts, including G1 victories at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals. 
 
The J P McManus-owned five-year-old disappointed on his only start so far in the current campaign, when fourth in the G2 Ascot Hurdle in November. Hobbs recently reported that Defi Du Seuil scoped badly after his run at Ascot but is now back on track.  
 
Betfair's 9/1 favourite is Lalor (Richard Woollacott, 10st 6lb). A top-class bumper performer last season, when successful in G2 company at Aintree, the six-year-old has yet to win in three starts over hurdles but has placed in three very strong novices' contests. 
 
Lalor
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Lalor
 
He was runner-up on his latest start at Cheltenham on December 15, when he had subsequent G1 Tolworth Hurdle victor Summerville Boy behind him in third. 
 
Woollacott, who is based in Devon, commented: "All is good with Lalor. He is pleasing us and going nicely. We are looking forward to Newbury with him.
 
"He has a nice weight for the Betfair Hurdle. I said at the start of the year, we would like him to be rated between 133 and 137, and that is where we at the moment (Lalor has an official BHA rating of 137). 
 
"Everything has gone to plan and it's just a question now of whether we are good enough. We wouldn't want really heavy ground - that would probably be our biggest worry.
 
"He has a similar profile to Ballyandy who won the race last year and that is why I said at the beginning of the season that if we are going to be good enough for the Supreme or the Ballymore at Cheltenham (in March), we need to be rated 150 and the Betfair Hurdle is a good test along the way. If Cheltenham comes too quick, then we could always wait for Aintree.
 
"If we are not good enough, then we are not good enough. With the wonderful prize money on offer for the Betfair Hurdle, it's certainly worth trying for."
 
Kayf Grace
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Kayf Grace
 
Also prominent in the ante-post market with Betfair is Kayf Grace (10st 9lb, 10/1), one of nine entries for Nicky Henderson, who has saddled a record five winners of the Betfair Hurdle. 
 
Kayf Grace, a G2 bumper winner back in 2016, was an eye-catching winner at Kempton Park over Christmas. If successful on February 10, she would become only the third mare to win the Betfair Hurdle after Mysilv (1995) and Spirit Leader (2003).
 
The entries from Seven Barrows also include Lough Derg Spirit (10st 7lb, 10/1), second in the G2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton last time out, and Diese Des Bieffes (10st 6lb, 12/1), a close fifth to stablemate William Henry (11st 6lb, 14/1) in the Listed Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton Park on January 13. 
 
Call Me Lord (11st 7lb, 14/1) scored impressively at Sandown Park on January 6, while Jenkins (10st 12lb, 14/1) got back to winning ways at Kempton Park on January 13. 
 
Jenkins
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Jenkins
 
Other leading contenders include Lostintranslation (Colin Tizzard, 10st 3lb, 12/1), winner over the course and distance last time out in a novices' hurdle on December 1, and Silver Streak (Evan Williams, 10st 2lb, 12/1), who was runner-up in a G3 contest at Ascot on December 23. 
 
High Bridge (Ben Pauling, 11st 3lb, 14/1) is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles at Newbury including on his latest appearance on December 2, while Elgin (Alan King, 11st 6lb) has already scooped valuable prizes at Ascot and Cheltenham so far this season.
 
Gary Moore, successful three times in the Betfair Hurdle, has two entries headed by Knocknanuss (10st 4lb, 16/1). The eight-year-old was impressive when landing a handicap hurdle under top weight at Fontwell on Boxing Day. 
 
The 11 Irish-trained entries include Bleu Et Rouge (Willie Mullins, 11st 1lb, 14/1), fourth at Ascot on December 23, and Campeador (Gordon Elliott, 11st 6lb, 20/1), who was third in a G1 contest at Leopardstown over Christmas. 
 
There is a scratchings' deadline for the Betfair Hurdle on Tuesday, January 23, details of which will be revealed on Wednesday, January 24.
 
Betfair spokesman, Barry Orr, commented today: "As at the entry stage, Lalor heads the betting but Lough Derg Spirit has attracted support in recent days and is now 10/1 from 14/1 while the Gary Moore-trained Knocknanuss is into 16/1 from 25/1. 
 
"Gary has won the race three times and, at this stage, his charge is the one we are most fearful of."

Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3)
£155,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 69y, Class 1
59 entries
Scratchings deadline January 23, five-day confirmation stage February 5, final declaration stage 10.00am, February 8. Maximum field 24 runners plus 2 reserves.

Horse Age Weight Owner Trainer
DEFI DU SEUIL (FR) 5 11-12 J P McManus Philip Hobbs  
CALL ME LORD (FR) 5 11-07 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson  
CAMPEADOR (FR) 6 11-06 J P McManus Gordon Elliott IRE
ELGIN 6 11-06 Elite Racing Club Alan King  
WILLIAM HENRY (IRE) 8 11-06 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Nicky Henderson  
IRVING 10 11-04 Axom XLIX Paul Nicholls  
PINGSHOU (IRE) 8 11-03 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Colin Tizzard  
HIGH BRIDGE 7 11-03 Margaret Ferguson Ben Pauling  
LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE) 6 11-02 John Donohue Willie Mullins IRE
MISTER MIYAGI (IRE) 9 11-02 Ben Turner & Jay Tabb Dan Skelton  
BLEU ET ROUGE (FR) 7 11-01 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE
VERDANA BLUE (IRE) 6 11-00 Crimbourne Stud Nicky Henderson  
VOIX DU REVE (FR) 6 11-00 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
CLIFFS OF DOVER 5 11-00 John & Barbara Cotton Paul Nicholls  
CHARLI PARCS (FR) 5 11-00 J P McManus Nicky Henderson  
DIVIN BERE (FR) 5 10-13 Chris Giles Paul Nicholls  
JENKINS (IRE) 6 10-12 Pump & Plant Services Ltd Nicky Henderson  
MOON RACER (IRE) 9 10-11 Prof Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew David Pipe  
MISTERTON 7 10-11 Wilkin, Orr, Boileau & Sim Harry Fry  
CHTI BALKO (FR) 6 10-11 D G Carrington Donald McCain  
KALASHNIKOV (IRE) 5 10-10 Paul Murphy Amy Murphy  
MONT DES AVALOIRS (FR) 5 10-10 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls  
PROJECT BLUEBOOK (FR) 5 10-10 J P McManus John Quinn  
DAME ROSE (FR) 5 10-09 Carl Hinchy Richard Hobson  
EL TERREMOTO (FR) 6 10-09 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies  
KARALEE (FR) 7 10-09 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
KAYF GRACE 8 10-09 James and Jean Potter Nicky Henderson  
GWAFA (IRE) 7 10-09 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Paul Webber  
BEN DUNDEE (IRE) 6 10-08 CJones Gordon Elliott IRE
REMILUC (FR) 9 10-08 Gilbert & Gamble Chris Gordon  
MERI DEVIE (FR) 5 10-08 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE) 6 10-08 N W Lake Dan Skelton  
LOUGH DERG SPIRIT (IRE) 6 10-07 Grech & Parkin Nicky Henderson  
DIESE DES BIEFFES (FR) 5 10-06 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Nicky Henderson  
POPPY KAY 8 10-06 Aiden Murphy & Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs  
LALOR (GER) 6 10-06 D G Staddon Richard Woollacott  
CHARMING ZEN (FR) 6 10-05 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Nicky Henderson  
KNOCKNANUSS (IRE) 8 10-04 Hail Sargent Evans Gary Moore  
WATERLORD 7 10-04 Matthew Taylor Donald McCain  
LOSTINTRANSLATION (IRE) 6 10-03 Taylor & O'Dwyer Colin Tizzard  
WILLIAM H BONNEY 7 10-03 Mr & Mrs R Scott Alan King  
IRISH ROE (IRE) 7 10-03 Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson  
MASTER OF IRONY (IRE) 6 10-02 Highfield Racing 6 John Quinn  
SILVER STREAK (IRE) 5 10-02 L Fell Evan Williams  
NIETZSCHE 5 10-01 D Gilbert, M Lawrence, A Bruce, G Wills Brian Ellison  
NIGHT OF SIN (FR) 5 10-01 Simon Brown & Ron Watts Nick Williams  
COEUR BLIMEY (IRE) 7 10-01 Keith Harris & Tom Gardner Susan Gardner  
ZALVADOS (FR) 5 9-12 D C Mercer Oliver Greenall  
VEINARD (FR) 9 9-11 T D Howley Jnr/J N O'Brien Gordon Elliott IRE
WISHFULL DREAMING 7 9-08 Mrs Diana L Whateley Olly Murphy  
BIDOUREY (FR) 7 9-08 Brocade Racing David Pipe  
MAGIC DANCER 6 9-07 Mark E Smith & The Magic Partnership Kerry Lee  
MAN OF PLENTY 9 9-06 G Thompson Sophie Leech  
BIRCH HILL (IRE) 8 9-03 G Thompson Sophie Leech  
MAQUISARD (FR) 6 9-03 M K George Gary Moore  
CANYON CITY 5 nq A Whyte, J Bone, D Nott & B Smith Neil King 

The Betfair Hurdle – Roll of Honour

YEAR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY AGE/WEIGHT SP RAN

2017 BALLYANDY
2016 AGRAPART Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly 05-10-05 16/1 22
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