November 26 / 14.10 Newcastle

14.10 Newcastle

Good To Soft

Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £64710.5
  • 2m 0f 46y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

1/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.25
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 111- D

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 170

Form & Verdict
Outstanding novice hurdler last season, with commanding Grade 1 wins in the Tolworth at Sandown (2m, heavy) and the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft); he's the hot favourite for the Champion Hurdle in March and is very hard to oppose on his reappearance.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

1

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 1

14:10 Newcastle

Constitution Hill

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

made all, quickened clear after 3 out, impressive

1/4

2

19th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Constitution Hill

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Outstanding novice hurdler last term, winning three races by an aggregate of 48l; particularly impressive in the Supreme at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) the final time, destroying his rivals in a fast time and following up his Tolworth win; should cope with this longer trip (went close in 3m point and has 2m4f winners in pedigree); hugely exciting prospect for this season and currently favourite for the Champion Hurdle; hard to oppose.

1/5

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1121-3 CD BF

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Won the Champion Hurdle and Fighting Fifth in 2020, and dead-heated with Not So Sleepy in this race last year when not quite at her very best following a similar break to the one from which she returns today; runner-up in the Champion Hurdle and won Aintree Grade 1 this spring; looks vulnerable against stablemate Constitution Hill but strong chance she'll finish second.
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2nd

5

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 1

14:10 Newcastle

Epatante

11st 3lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, raced in second, hit 3 out, soon shaken up and outpaced

4/1

Form: 7/156- CD

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict
Dead-heated with Epatante in this race last year (good to soft); Epatante wasn't at her very best and this one also has the hugely exciting Constitution Hill to worry about today, but he arrives on the back of a big run on the Flat in the Cesarewitch and can give another good account.
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3rd

2

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 1

14:10 Newcastle

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Hughie Morrison

raced freely, prominent, not fluent 5th, slow jump 6th, soon pushed along, outpaced from 3 out

14/1

3rd

5

(5)

8th Oct 2022

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Not So Sleepy

9st 5lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Hughie Morrison

took keen hold, prominent, switched left after 6f, switched to centre and alone after 8f, led 8f out, ridden and edged right from over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

28/1

23

(5)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Not So Sleepy

9st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Hughie Morrison

10yo who was better than ever over hurdles during the last jumps season, dead-heating in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth in November; has run many a big race in quality contests but has found it much easier to win over hurdles in recent years and does not look the percentage call; reserve.

33/1

Form: 514-82 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
10yo who won a C&D handicap in March and was a creditable second at Aintree three weeks ago; however, he was tailed off in this race 12 months ago and has bundles to find with today's opponents.
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4th

4

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 1

14:10 Newcastle

Voix Du Reve

11st 10lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

held up in last, weakened before 3 out

100/1

2nd

4

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:45 Aintree

Voix Du Reve

11st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Five-time hurdle winner who is the only one with the benefit of a recent run, but this 10yo faces a very tough task on today's terms.

20/1

8th

7

23rd Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Voix Du Reve

11st 4lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, towards rear, not fluent 2nd, steady headway on turn before 2 out, shaken up and outpaced when not fluent last, soon beaten

14/1

Form: 119-12 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Won four in a row over hurdles (1m7f-2m3f, good-soft) last season, including Grade 2 at Haydock, before finishing down the field in the Champion Hurdle; solid recent efforts on first two chase starts and, although it's hard to envisage him beating Constitution Hill, he's not ruled out each-way.
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5th

3

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 1

14:10 Newcastle

Tommy’s Oscar

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

held up in rear, shaken up and weakened before 3 out

20/1

2nd

7

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

13:45 Cheltenham

Tommy’s Oscar

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

took keen hold, held up in last, headway 5 out, prominent after 3 out, soon slightly hampered on turn, pushed along when left in second 2 out, no chance with winner but ridden and kept on run-in

7/4

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Payout
Exacta £1.50
Straight Forecast £1.73
Trifecta £3.30

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Constitution Hill

RP Ratings:

Constitution Hill

TOPSPEED:

Constitution Hill

POSTDATA:

Constitution Hill

LAMBOURN:

Constitution Hill

The Times:

Constitution Hill

Telegraph:

Constitution Hill

The Guardian:

Constitution Hill

Daily Mail:

Constitution Hill

D Express:

Constitution Hill

Daily Mirror:

Constitution Hill

The Star:

Constitution Hill

Daily Record:

Constitution Hill