Ten To Follow Update (14.02.2018)

Posted 4 months ago
Newbury Grandstand

February continued to produce great racing as we headed to Newbury for the Betfair Super Saturday which included the Betfair Hurdle and Game Spirit Chase. 

The day started with the much anticipated return of Native River. After being off the track since last years Gold Cup, he made a very pleasing reappearance. He was allowed to dictate throughout and stayed on strongly under a hands and heels ride from Richard Johnson to win readily by 12 lengths. He could easily better his Gold Cup third from last year. 

Next up we had another eagerly anticipated return, Altior. He has not been seen since undergoing wind surgery but showed no ill effects. Despite conceding race fitness on ground he did not like, it was a smooth assertive performance. He looks the prime contender for the Champion Chase in four weeks.

Also on the card we had Amy Murphy scoop her first big race prize by winning the Betfair Hurdle with Kalashnikov. Owned by her father Paul Murphy, this five year old produced a brilliant performance on ground that would have been softer than ideal. He looks a live contender for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March. 

Other winners over the weekend included Vinndication, Acey Milan, Saint Calvados, Woolstone One and Vision Des Flos.

Be sure to check back next Wednesday for the scores.

The full leaderboard can be found on our here

Position    Name & Team Team Score
1 Terry Knight (6) 375
2 Graham Barton (2) 350
3 Terry Knight (5) 340
4 Mervyn Broom (8) 325
4 David Marshall (5) 325
4 Gail Garbutt (4) 325
7 Mervyn Broom (3) 320
7 David Walters (4)  320
7 Ben Cook (3) 320
7 Alan Wellsteed (11) 320
7 Ben Cook (5)

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