Betfair Hurdle
Grade 3 Handicap, Newbury 15:35
£125,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 69y, Class 1  
Sunday 21st February 2021

1 Soaring Glory 17/2
2 Fifty Ball 14/1
3 Edwardstone 14/1
4 Annual Invictus 10/1
23 ran NR: Friend Or Foe Distances: 3l, 1½l, 1¼l
Time: 3m 50.48s (slow by 2.48s)

Jonjo O'Neill's Soaring Glory has burst into the picture for the Sky Bet Supreme with a convincing victory in the Betfair Hurdle.

Under the trainer’s son Jonjo Jr, the 17-2 shot looked to be travelling by far the best approaching the final flight and when given the signal, he accelerated away on the run to the line.

Soaring Glory pulled three lengths clear of Fifty Ball, with Edwardstone a length and a half back in third and Annual Invictus fourth.

Buzz in fifth was the best of Nicky Henderson’s three runners as Mister Coffey ruined his chance by hanging in the closing stages, while 11-2 favourite Cadzand failed to menace.

O’Neill admitted he thought he had a good horse on his hands when Soaring Glory won at Chepstow on his seasonal bow.

The Jackdaws Castle handler said: “After Chepstow, he fell when going too easily in a bad race at Wetherby. He was not a natural jumper and Yogi Breisner did a lot of work on him. 

“It’s great to win a race like this and we thought ‘let’s have a go’ as novices often do well in it.”

O’Neill will almost certainly look at the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, for which MansionBet cut Soaring Glory to 10-1 from 25s.

He added: “He’s entitled to run in it and Jonjo is riding with loads of confidence. He’s super cool and he does the job right.”

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Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3)
£125,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 69y, Class 1
23 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1      Soaring Glory 6 10-7 Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 17/2
2
3 Fifty Ball 6 10-5 Gary Moore Joshua Moore 14/1
3
Edwardstone 7 11-6 5ex Alan King Tom Cannon 14/1
4
Annual Invictus 6 10-9 Chris Gordon Richard Johnson 10/1
5
nse Buzz 7 11-12 Nicky Henderson Kevin Brogan 10/1
6
Guard Your Dreams 5 10-9 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
7 Mister Coffey 6 10-12 Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 8/1
8 Shakem Up'Arry 7 10-10 Ben Pauling Paddy Brennan 11/1
9 ½ Thyme White 5 11-1 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 28/1
10
½ On To Victory 7 10-3 Alan King Tom Bellamy 18/1
11 Milkwood 7 11-1 Neil Mulholland Robert Dunne 12/1
12 ¾ Cadzand 5 6 10-12 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 11/2F
13 Glory And Fortune 6 10-5 Tom Lacey Jonathan Burke 33/1
14 ½ For Pleasure 6 11-5 Alex Hales Harry Bannister 50/1
15 shd Night Edition 5 10-7 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 33/1
16 Ballinsker 6 10-3 Evan Williams Robbie Power 50/1
17 hd Lightly Squeeze 7 11-0 Harry Fry Bryan Carver 66/1
18 15 Highway One O Two 6 11-1 Chris Gordon Jamie Moore 66/1
19
7 Fred 6 11-4 Nicky Henderson Daryl Jacob 50/1
20
5 Mack The Man 7 10-6 5ex Evan Williams Adam Wedge 40/1
21
Gumball 7 11-10 Philip Hobbs Ben Jones 50/1
22
4 Galice Macalo 5 10-8 Mrs Jane Williams Chester Williams 20/1
FELL Wild Max 6 11-7 Paul Nicholls Angus Cheleda 25/1
NR 4 /24212 Friend Or Foe 6 11-6 Paul Nicholls NON RUNNER

The Betfair Hurdle – Roll of Honour

YEAR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY AGE/WEIGHT SP RAN

2020 PIC D'ORHY Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 05-11-05 33/1 24
2019 AL DANCER Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 06-11-08 5/2F 14
2018 KALASHNIKOV Miss Amy Murphy Jack Quinlan 05-11-05 8/1C 24
2017 BALLYANDY Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 06-11-01 3/1F 16
2016 AGRAPART Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly 05-10-05 16/1 22
2015 VIOLET DANCER Gary Moore Joshua Moore 05-10-09 20/1 23
2014 SPLASH OF GINGE Nigel Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch 06-10-03 33/1 20
2013 MY TENT OR YOURS Nicky Henderson A P McCoy 06-11-02 5/1F 21
2012 ZARKANDAR Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 05-11-01 11/4F 20
2011 RECESSION PROOF John Quinn Dougie Costello 05-10-08 12/1 15
2010 GET ME OUT OF HERE Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 06-10-06 6/1 23
2009 Abandoned - Snow
2008 WINGMAN Gary Moore Jamie Moore 06-10-00 14/1 24
2007 HEATHCOTE Gary Moore Jamie Moore 05-10-06 50/1 20
2006 Abandoned - Frost
2005 ESSEX Michael O'Brien IRE Barry Geraghty 05-11-06 4/1F 25
2004 GEOS Nicky Henderson Marcus Foley 09-10-09 16/1 25
2003 SPIRIT LEADER Jessica Harrington IRE Norman Williamson 07-10-00 14/1 27
2002 COPELAND Martin Pipe A P McCoy 07-11-07 13/2 16
2001 LANDING LIGHT Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 06-10-02 4/1F 20
2000 GEOS Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 05-11-03 15/2 17
1999 DECOUPAGE Charles Egerton Jimmy McCarthy 07-11-00 6/1 18
1998 SHARPICAL Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 06-11-01 10/1 14
1997 MAKE A STAND Martin Pipe Chris Maude 06-11-07 6/1 18
1996 SQUIRE SILK Andy Turnell Paul Carberry 07-10-12 13/2 18
1995 MYSILV Charles Egerton Jamie Osborne 05-10-08 9/4F 8
1994 LARGE ACTION Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 06-10-08 9/2 11
1993 KING CREDO Steve Woodman Adrian Maguire 08-10-00 10/1 16
1992 RODEO STAR Nigel Tinkler Graham McCourt 06-10-10 15/2 15
1991 Abandoned - Frost
1990 DEEP SENSATION Josh Gifford Richard Rowe 05-11-03 7/1 17
1989 GREY SALUTE John Jenkins Richard Dunwoody 06-11-05 8/1 10
1988 JAMESMEAD David Elsworth Brendan Powell 07-10-00 11/1 19
1987 NEBLIN Toby Balding Stan Moore 08-10-00 10/1 21
1986 Abandoned – Snow
1985 Abandoned – Snow
1984 RA NOVA Nan Kennedy Paddy Farrell 05-10-06 16/1 26
1983 Abandoned - Snow & Frost
1982 DONEGAL PRINCE Paul Kelleway John Francome 06-10-08 13/1 27
1981 Abandoned – Waterlogged
1980 BOOTLACES David Barons Paul Leach 06-10-09 20/1 21
1979 WITHIN THE LAW Peter Easterby Alan Brown 05-11-04 25/1 28
1978 Abandoned – Frost
1977 TRUE LAD Bill Swainson Tommy Stack 07-10-04 14/1 27
1976 IRISH FASHION Michael Cunningham IRE Ron Barry 05-10-04 16/1 29
1975 TAMMUZ Fulke Walwyn Bill Smith 07-10-13 18/1 28
1974 Abandoned – Waterlogged
1973 INDIANAPOLIS John Sutcliffe snr Jeff King 06-10-06 15/2 26
1972 GOOD REVIEW Jim Dreaper IRE Val O'Brien 06-10-09 8/1 26
1971 CALA MESQUIDA John Sutcliffe snr John Cook 07-10-09 33/1 23
1970 Abandoned - Snow & Frost
1969 Abandoned - Frost
1968 PERSIAN WAR Colin Davies Jimmy Uttley 05-11-13 9/2F 33
1967 HILL HOUSE Ryan Price Josh Gifford 07-10-10 9/1 28
1966 LE VERMONTOIS Ryan Price Josh Gifford 05-11-03 15/2 28
1965 ELAN John Sutcliffe jnr David Nicholson 06-10-07 9/2F 21
1964 ROSYTH Ryan Price Josh Gifford 06-10-02 10/1 24
1963 ROSYTH Ryan Price Josh Gifford 05-10-00 20/1 41

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