BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle
|Grade 1, Newcastle 14:10
£120,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 98y, Class 1
|Saturday 1st December 2018|
Dual Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D’Air is the headline name among 24 entries for the BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on December 1.
Nicky Henderson’s classy performer lifted this prize on his seasonal debut last term and is one of four possibles for the Seven Barrows trainer.
Bedrock, who lowered Samcro’s colours in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal, is reported by trainer Iain Jardine to be on course for the Gosforth Park feature.
“We were delighted with Bedrock’s win at Down Royal and he is very much a horse on the up,” said the Dumfries handler.
“We may well bump into Nicky Henderson’s Champion Hurdle winner in the Fighting Fifth but we have beaten one hot-pot in Samcro.
“We go to Newcastle excited for our new American owners and hope to give Buveur D’Air a tough time.”
Other possibles include Tom George’s Summerville Boy, winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Dan Skelton’s County Hurdle victor Mohaayed and the Evan Williams-trained Silver Streak, successful in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.
Unibet Fighting Fifth Hurdle 2017
£110,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 98y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Heavy in places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Buveur D'Air (FR) 1/6f||B J Geraghty
|N J Henderson||6|
|2nd||3½||Irving 9/2||Sean Bowen
|P F Nicholls||9|
|3rd||1||Flying Tiger (IRE) 9/1||T Scudamore
|4th||8||Katgary (FR) 66/1||Craig Nichol
|Miss P Robson||7|
|5th||17||Mirsaale 33/1||Callum Bewley