Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle
|Grade 2, Newbury 15:00
£50,000 added, 4yo plus,
3m 52y, Class 1
|Friday 30th November 2018|
Evan Williams is looking forward to seeing Clyne tackle three miles for the first time in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.
The six-time winner rounded off last season with what was arguably a career-best effort to finish third in the two-and-a-half-mile Aintree Hurdle, finding only L’Ami Serge and Irish Champion Hurdle hero Supasundae too strong.
With a rating of 152, opportunities for the eight-year-old are limited and Williams is keen to see if his stamina will last out at the Berkshire venue on November 30.
“We’ll run him in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury to see where we are,” said the Llancarfan-based trainer.
“I just want to run him over a trip. He could have gone to Aintree, but we’d not learn much if we went there over two and a half.
“He didn’t run in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby as it went good to firm and he’s a horse who wants a bit of a cut.”
Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle 2017
£50,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 52y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Beer Goggles (IRE) 40/1||R Johnson
|2nd||2¼||Unowhatimeanharry 7/4||B J Geraghty
|3rd||3¾||Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 33/1||Aidan Coleman
|4th||3||Colin's Sister 8/1||P J Brennan
|5th||4||Thistlecrack 11/10f||T Scudamore
|C L Tizzard||9|
|6th||½||Wholestone (IRE) 10/1||D A Jacob
|N A Twiston-Davies||6|