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Finale Juvenile Hurdle Stats
Mon, Jan 7th, 2013

The Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle run on Welsh National day is one of few big graded races to have alluded Paul Nicholls and he again provided the second horse home in the 2012 renewal.

Trainer John Ferguson notched his first career Grade 1 and jockey Denis O'Regan his sixth as Ruacana benefited from the last hurdle fall of Swnymor. Ferguson said:

"He was finishing well but I'm far from certain he would have won but for the leader falling.We thought he'd like soft ground, but everybody was telling me that Chepstow heavy is different from heavy elsewhere. This race was the plan and I don't know where we go from here."

The Nicholls horse Caid De Berlais was probably a fortunate second with Nicky Henderon's Megalypos badly hampered by the fall. He has had a remarkable sequence of  reversal in thsi race. Sam Winner was a defeated favourite in 2010, Sang Bleu wsa overturned at evens in 2009, and 5-2 shot Pepite De Soleil defeated in 2008 . In 2007 Tatenen was runner up while back in 2005 he again filled second spot with 11-10 favourite Turko while a susbsequent multiple Grade 1 winner over fences -Twist Magic- finished fifth that day. Maybe he should ask his better half for advise - his partner Georgie Browne trained the 2004 winner Phar Bleu !

Finale Juvenile Hurdle Video 2012

 

Finale Juvenile Hurdle Winner 2002-2011

Year

Form

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

OR

SP

FAV

MP

2011

121

Hollow Tree

Timmy Murphy

Donald McCain

133

13-8

1

1

2010

311

Marsh Warbler

Fearghal Davis

Brian Ellison

139

8-1

4

3

2009

72

Me Voici

Daryl Jacob

Nick Williams

0

10-1

2

4

2008

12

Walkon

Robert Thornton

Alan King

138

7-2

2

3

2007

3112

Franchoek

Richard Johnson

Alan King

137

7-4

1,4

1

2006

212

Good Bye Simon

Mick Fitzgerald

Thierry Doumen

0

9-4

5

2

2005

331

Blue Shark

Mick Fitzgerald

N J Henderson

0

7-1

2

3

2004

5321

Phar Bleu

Tony McCoy

Georgie Browne

0

9-1

9

3

2003

44342-

Sunray

Andrew Thornton

Evan Williams

105

40-1

2

6

2002

2122

Nas Na Riogh

Marcus Foley

N J Henderson

5-1

PU

3

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