Elite Hurdle
horse racing tipster
Grade 2, Wincanton 15:15
£60,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m, Class 1
Saturday 8th November 2014

1 Purple Bay 16/1
2 Bertimont 14/1
3 Rock On Ruby 4/1
9 ran Distances: 4l, ¾l, nk
TIME 3m 34.10s (slow by 3.10s)

Purple Bay wins the Elite Hurdle after Irving falls at the final flight

Irving is fine, just winded says Paul Nicholls

Purple Bay
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Purple Bay

Purple Bay created a minor surprise as he ran out a 16-1 winner of the StanJames.com Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.

Trained by John Ferguson and ridden by Mikey Ennis, he came with a wet sail down the stands side to run out a clear winner after the favourite Irving took a crashing fall at the last when looking poised for victory.

Rock On Ruby
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Rock On Ruby

Former champion hurdler Rock On Ruby set a steady early pace with Bertimont in the front rank throughout, racing rather keenly before being allowed to really kick on from home at the second-last flight, but Purple Bay swept past for a four-length win.

Bertimont kept on for second, with Rock On Ruby third, a further three-quarters of a length back.

Ennis said: "I've still got a 100 per cent strike-rate for Bloomfields (the owners) and it was great to get aboard him again. He ran creditably at Galway and this was always the plan."

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Harry Fry said of Rock On Ruby: "I wanted to get him out and Noel (Fehily) said that was a good performance from him in that ground", while Paul Nicholls said Irving was "just winded".

Stanjames.com Elite Hurdle (Limited Handicap)
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Purple Bay (IRE) 16/1
Mikey Ennis (7)
11-4 J P Ferguson 5
2nd 4 Bertimont (FR) 14/1
Harry Skelton
10-12 D Skelton 4
3rd ¾ Rock On Ruby (IRE) 4/1
N D Fehily
11-10 H Fry 9
4th nk Forgotten Voice (IRE) 7/1
Nico de Boinville (3)
10-5 N J Henderson 9
5th Hint Of Mint 9/1
R Johnson
10-6 Nick Williams 5
6th Starluck (IRE) 28/1
P J Brennan
10-4 D W P Arbuthnot 9
7th Fergall (IRE) 10/1
W Hutchinson
10-6 J W Mullins 7
8th 17 Fox Norton (FR) 12/1
D A Jacob
10-7 Nick Williams 4
F Irving 6/4f
S Twiston-Davies
10-12 P F Nicholls 6