Betfair Hurdle
Grade 3 Handicap, Newbury 15:35
£155,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 69y, Class 1  
Saturday 12th February 2022

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1 Glory And Fortune 20/1
2 I Like To Move It 12/1
3 First Street 14/1
4 Lord Baddesley 66/1
14 ran Distances: shd, 2¾l, 1l
Time: 3m 49.40s (slow by 2.40s)

Glory And Fortune provided jockey Stan Sheppard and trainer Tom Lacey with victory in the most valuable handicap of the season.

Second last time out in the Christmas Hurdle to Epatante, Glory And Fortune was nevertheless a relatively unconsidered in the betting market in a highly-competitive field of 14.

The novice Jetoile made sure the race was run at its usual helter-skelter pace, but running to three out he had faded and Glory And Fortune was left in front.

That was probably sooner than Sheppard wanted, but there were still a handful of the favourites travelling apparently well.

Among them were the Nicky Henderson-trained duo Broomfield Burg and First Street, I Like To Move It and last year’s winner Soaring Glory.

Glory And Fortune nicked a couple of lengths on the run to the second-last, however, and it proved crucial.

Everything else was soon off the bridle and while Nigel Twiston-Davies’ novice I Like To Move It emerged from the pack to throw down a late challenge and was closing with every stride, the line came in time for the winner who held on by a short head.

First Street was third with Lord Baddesley making late gains for fourth.

The winner was cut to 40-1 from 100s for the Champion Hurdle by the sponsors, while the victory for Sheppard came relatively hot on the heels of his Welsh National success with Iwilldoit.

Trainers Quotes

Lacey said: “I was talking to myself and saying ‘don’t go too soon, don’t go too soon’, but Stan has had a fantastic year and it is fab for Stan. He works incredibly hard and when I leg him up on the horse he puts belief in him, so it is just great.

“Jerry (Hinds, owner) won the race previously and he always likes to have a runner in the race. Glory And Fortune ran in it last year actually and it was an obvious race to put the horse in.

“It is a huge handicap and I knew he deserved to have a run in it and as hopeful as we were, you never actually believe you are going to win it.

“He ran a cracker in the Christmas Hurdle, but they crabbed it and said others didn’t show up, which is probably half-true. I thought he ran Epatante to the line and it was a taking performance.

“We have learned more about the horse this year than ever before. We used to ride him handy and he has improved from being dropped in and we are not as hard on him as we once were. And he is just thriving.

“Of course, having the entrapment (a growth of scar tissue) removed in his larynx, everything has come together.

“He was not blowing at all. Jerry will definitely want to run in the Champion Hurdle – without a doubt. It can happen. God willing and he is sound tomorrow, and eats up and all is well in the lead up to the race, Jerry will want to run him in it without doubt.”

He added: “Financially it will be our biggest win. I bought him as a three-year-old store. Every winner is important.

“He is a beautiful horse. He has jumped fences and he has had runs over them and I think he will again. When we ran him over fences, he had the entrapment, and the poor horse was stopping so quickly and I said to Jerry we have to go and do something pro-active.

“He won’t be jumping a fence this year and next year we will possibly go novice chasing. Why not?”

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Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3)
£155,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 69y, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1     Glory And Fortune 7 11-8 Tom Lacey Stan Sheppard 20/1
2
shd I Like To Move It 5 11-3 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 12/1
3
First Street 5 11-6 Nicky Henderson James Bowen 14/1
4
1 Lord Baddesley 7 10-0 Chris Gordon Nick Scholfield 66/1
5 ¾ Soaring Glory 7 11-12 Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 8/1
6 Knappers Hill 6 11-0 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 11/1
7
Broomfield Burg 6 10-13 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 11/4F
8
shd Royaume Uni 5 10-2 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 12/1
9
nk Boothill 7 11-0 Harry Fry Sean Bowen 9/1
10
Howdyalikemenow 6 10-6 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 100/1
11
hd Tritonic 5 11-11 Alan King A P Heskin 16/1
12
  Fifty Ball 7 10-10 Gary Moore Joshua Moore 22/1
13
1 JPR One 5 10-9 Colin Tizzard Brendan Powell 13/2
14
20 Jetoile 7 10-12 Ryan Potter Lorcan Williams 8/1

The Betfair Hurdle – Roll of Honour

YEAR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY AGE/WEIGHT SP RAN

2021 SOARING GLORY Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 6-10-07 17/2 23
2020 PIC D'ORHY Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 05-11-05 33/1 24
2019 AL DANCER Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 06-11-08 5/2F 14
2018 KALASHNIKOV Miss Amy Murphy Jack Quinlan 05-11-05 8/1C 24
2017 BALLYANDY Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 06-11-01 3/1F 16
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

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