bet365 Long Distance Hurdle
|Grade 2, Newbury 14:25
3m 110y, Class 1
|Saturday 29th November 2014|
Medinas responded to a fine stalking ride from Richard Johnson to win the Long Distance Hurdle
1 Medinas 8/1
2 Cole Harden 11/4
3 More Of That 4/7F
NR: Lac Fontana (FR)
6 ran Distances: 7l, 18l, 17l
TIME 6m 13.80s (slow by 26.80s)
More Of That's unbeaten record went up in smoke as Medinas caused a bit of an upset at Newbury.
With Lac Fontana an absentee, Jonjo O'Neill's Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner was the 4-7 favourite to extend his winning run to six races, but he was off the bridle a long way from home and finished a weary horse in third place.
Medinas was going one place better than last year for the Alan King team.
Winning rider Richard Johnson said: "We knew (Cole Harden) would go off and make the running. We thought, realistically, the most sensible thing to do was to bide our time. He's stayed and come through the ground."
Owner JP McManus scotched any notion of More Of That going over fences this term.
He said: "We're disappointed, it goes without saying. You find out everything when he goes to the racecourse. They went a good gallop, but the horse that led beat us well anyway. We'll stick to hurdles this season."
Warren Greatrex felt the extra 8lb Cole Harden shouldered for his recent Wetherby Grade Two victory had proved crucial.
He said: "The 8lb probably cost us in the end. He's run his heart out and it's killed the third off. I know that one needed the run, but our horse has proved he's up to this level. Gavin (Sheehan) thinks he's still better than this.
"This horse is brilliant for the yard. All being well, if I can persuade the owners, he'll be going to Leopardstown for the three-mile Christmas Hurdle there.
"He's going there because he's better left-handed and he didn't run very well at Ascot last year. I think while we're still on an upward curve he deserves it. He's going onwards and upwards and up there with the best."
Bet365 Long Distance Hurdle
£40,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 110y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Heavy in places
|Pos||Dist||Horse / Jockey||Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Medinas (FR) 8/1
|2nd||7||Cole Harden (IRE) 11/4
|3rd||18||More Of That (IRE) 4/7f
A P McCoy
|4th||17||Peckhamecho (IRE) 20/1
B J Geraghty
|11-0||Miss R Curtis||8|
|5th||17||Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 20/1
|11-0||Miss E C Lavelle||7|
|6th||30||American Spin 66/1
J E Moore
|11-0||L A Dace||10|
|NR||Lac Fontana (FR)
|11-4||P F Nicholls||5|