Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle
| Grade 3, Ascot 15:35
1m 7f 152y, Class 1
1 Tritonic 8/1
2 Onemorefortheroad 14/1
3 Garry Clermont 9/1
12 ran NR: Luttrell Lad, Mack The Man
Distances: 2¾l, ½l, 6l Time: 3m 46.25s (slow by 8.25s)
Tritonic, trained by Alan King, confirmed the promise of his early days over the smaller obstacles that included victory in the Grade Two Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton in February with a sterling display in a highly-competitive event.
Global Citizen and No Ordinary Joe set a strong gallop from the start and there were plenty in with chances as the field turned for home with two flights left.
Adrian Heskin produced Tritonic to strike the front and hold the challenge of Onemorefortheroad by two and three-quarter lengths. Garry Clermont was half a length away in third place.
King said: “The Greatwood Hurdle probably manned him up a bit – he has never been as quick in his life over hurdles. Clearly he has come forward for it.
“I did hope he would run well, but it is just not a race four-year-olds win. He was just so much sharper over his hurdles than he was at Cheltenham and I read this morning that he might not be a Cheltenham horse and they might be right because twice he has really disappointed. Maybe he is a better horse around here.
“I would imagine he will go to the Schweppes – or the Betfair Hurdle as I think it is called.”
Heskin said: “Kempton was the blow away (moment) last year and then he went to Cheltenham and let us down a little bit. Each time we have gone to Cheltenham we thought he hasn’t handled it, but we were really looking forward to getting him back on this track.
“They went a strong gallop early and I was flat to the boards until the second-last when he came back on the bridle. He is a very smart horse – to do that as a four-year-old was very impressive.
“We had a plan and we changed our plan as we came into the parade ring and I’m glad we did as I was able to ride him with a bit more free reign and ride him as cool as ice. I knew they would go very hard and you can’t keep the gallop going.
“I didn’t expect him to pick up like that though!”
Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle
£105,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 152y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
POS. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Tritonic 4 11-0 Alan King A P Heskin 8/1
2 2¾ Onemorefortheroad 6 10-9 Neil King Bryony Frost 14/1
3 ½ Garry Clermont 6 11-1 Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 9/1
4 6 Metier 5 11-1 Harry Fry Lorcan Murtagh 33/1
5 7 West Cork 7 11-0 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 7/2
6 ¾ Llandinabo Lad 6 10-13 Tom Symonds David Noonan 18/1
7 1¼ Goshen 5 11-12 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 6/1
8 9 Benson 6 10-6 Dr Richard Newland Lee Edwards 12/1
9 11 Drop The Anchor 7 11-5 P A Fahy Simon Torrens 25/1
10 26 Global Citizen 9 10-9 Ben Pauling Kielan Woods 50/1
PU No Ordinary Joe 5 10-9 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 11/4F
PU Samarrive 4 11-0 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 12/1
NR 14 Mack The Man 7 10-3 Evan Williams NON RUNNER
NR 12 Luttrell Lad 5 10-8 Philip Hobbs NON RUNNER
BETFAIR EXCHANGE TROPHY ROLL OF HONOUR (1987-2018)
Run at Sandown in 2005 (January 7, 2006) and in 2004 (January 8, 2005); run at Leopardstown in January up to & including 2000.
Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2012 CAUSE OF CAUSES 4-10-03 JP McManus, Gordon Elliot,t DJ Condon 25/1
2011 RAYA STAR 5-10-01 Simon Munir A King W Hutchinson 12/1
2010 Abandoned due to frost
2009 Abandoned due to snow
2008 SENTRY DUTY 6-11-09 Peter Spiller Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 12/1
2007 JACK THE GIANT 5-11-00 Hanbury Syndicate Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 9/4F
2006 ACAMBO 5-11-09 David Johnson David Pipe Timmy Murphy 7/1
2005 DESERT AIR 7-10-09 Belinda Harvey Martin Pipe Tom Scudamore 25/1
2004 TAMARINBLEU 5-10-11 Arthur White Partnership Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 14/1
2003 THESIS 5-11-02 1961 Partnership Venetia Williams Brian Crowley 33/1
2002 CHAUVINIST 7-10-00 Bunny & Nick Roberts Nicky Henderson Norman Williamson 15/2
2001 MARBLE ARCH 5-10-11 Martin & Mary Wilson Rory SweetHughie Morrison Norman Williamson 7/1
2000 MANTLES PRINCE 6-9-12 R J McSharry Pat Hughes IRE Fran Berry 12/1
1999 ARCHIVE FOOTAGE 7-11-08 Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld IRE David Evans 25/1
1998 GRAPHIC EQUALISER 6-10-00 BRASK Syndicate Arthur Moore IRE Conor O’Dwyer 5/1F
1997 MASTER TRIBE 7-10-04 Jebel Ali Racing Stables Jenny Pitman Norman Williamson 18/1
1996 DANCE BEAT 5-9-12 Mrs E Queally Jessica Harrington IRE Anthony Powell 12/1
1995 ANUSHA 5-10-02 G A Hoggard Michael Hourigan IRE Shane Broderick 25/1
1994 ATONE 7-10-08 Robert Sinclair Bunny Cox IRE Kevin O’Brien 10/1
1993 GLENCLOUD 5-10-13 D Tierney Noel Meade IRE Gerry O’Neill 20/1
1992 HOW’S THE BOSS 6-10-02 Edward Farrell John Brassill IRE Jason Titley 20/1
1991 THE ILLIAD 10-10-13 Elizabeth Furlong Andy Geraghty IRE Pat McWilliams 7/1
1990 REDUNDANT PAL 7-11-05 P S O’Neill Paddy Mullins IRE Conor O’Dwyer 20/1
1989 REDUNDANT PAL 6-10-00 P S O’Neill Paddy Mullins IRE P Kavanagh 16/1
1988 ROARK 6-11-01 P Leeper Arthur Moore IRE Tom Taaffe 5/1
1987 BARNBROOK AGAIN 6-11-08 Mel Davies David Elsworth Colin Brown 5/2F