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Fighting Fifth Hurdle: Runner-by-runner guide as six go to post for Newcastle Grade One, live on Sky Sports Racing

Five of final 12 months’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle runners are again to take one another on, with younger pretender Monmiral the odd one out.

Let’s hope we do not see a repeat of the carnage Not So Sleepy precipitated final season, when he unseated Paddy Brennan on the first earlier than after which carrying Silver Streak out on the second.

It can be nice to see 2020 Champion Hurdler Epatante again to her greatest, however on the again of a disappointing marketing campaign, she has a lot to show. Will Nicky Henderson’s inmate win back-to-back renewals? Find out live on Sky Sports Racing on Saturday at 3.15pm.


Jockey: Sean Bowen, Trainer: Paul Nicholls

Monmiral skipped final season’s Cheltenham Festival, heading to Aintree the place he gained the Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle, a final flight mistake from the runner-up serving to.

That kind has since been boosted within the Greatwood Hurdle, however whereas he jumps and travels effectively, these are comfortably one of the best horses he has ever confronted and perhaps may have achieved with softer floor, given his knee motion.

Monmiral won all four of his starts for Paul Nicholls last season
Monmiral gained all 4 of his begins for Paul Nicholls final season

Not So Sleepy

J: Jonathan Burke, T: Hughie Morrison

A forward-going front-runner who precipitated carnage on this race final 12 months earlier than going on to win a beneficial Ascot handicap after which working effectively within the Champion Hurdle when fifth.

Below his greatest within the Aintree Hurdle, however perhaps discovered the journey stretching him on floor with loads of juice.

He heads to Newcastle on the again of a stunning flat run 36 days in the past so health will not be a problem and harmful if left alone on the frontend.

WINCANTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Daryl Jacob riding Sceau Royal clear the last to win The Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton Racecourse on November 06, 2021 in Wincanton, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Daryl Jacob driving Sceau Royal clear the final to win The Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton

Sceau Royal

J: Daryl Jacob, T: Alan King

While he has all the time had stronger kind over fences, he seemingly heads to this 12 months’s Fighting Fifth in higher order over the smaller obstacles.

Was properly held by Epatante in final season’s working, however being left in entrance far before ultimate would not have suited.

With two runs beneath his belt this marketing campaign, first rate floor and tempo to run at, the race setups properly for him to go shut.

Silver Streak
Silver Streak bids to get again to kind this weekend

Silver Streak

J: Adam Wedge T: Evan Williams

Looked in impolite well being within the first half of final season, together with his leaping bettering with a swap to front-running ways.

He beat Epatante within the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, however kind tailed off after and solely made a passable return behind Sceau Royal 41 days in the past and his leaping lacked accuracy.

If he improves, alongside together with his leaping and will get again to final 12 months’s Christmas Hurdle kind, he’s a giant participant.

Voix Du Reve

J: Conor O’Farrell T: Iain Jardine

A well-held fourth behind Epatante on this race final season in first-time cheekpieces earlier than working some good races over hurdles and fences.

None of that kind makes him ok to win right here nevertheless, and in fact, this appears a troublesome job.


J: Aidan Coleman T: Nicky Henderson

Despite profitable this race in a visually beautiful method final season, she did not actually come shut to recapturing her greatest kind.

Back points might have been to blame for that, and connections will hope the surgical procedure she undertook in the summertime can have alleviated the issue.

The Epatante of 2020 at Cheltenham warrants her present value of 11/10, however the Epatante of the earlier season would not so the market shall be value a verify.

Epatante bids to return to Grade One glory this weekend

Declan’s big-race verdict

With Not So Sleepy and Silver Streak working, together with Monmiral and the first-time visored Voix Du Reve, this 12 months’s Fighting Fifth must be run at a superb and truthful gallop. This hopefully means one of the best horse wins.

On peak performances, Epatante is undoubtedly the horse to beat, but it surely stays to be seen which Epatante turns up on Saturday after a poor 2020/21 marketing campaign.

A again operation and her trainers’ string in good well being may simply spark her again to her greatest, however it’s kind of of a guessing sport and so, she is handed over on the costs. So too is Monmiral at 3/1 which means Sceau Royal and Silver Streak look the 2 greatest betting choices.

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Trainer Nicky Henderson reviews Epatante to be in positive kind however expects a more durable job as she defends her Fighting Fifth crown at Newcastle on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Racing

With the previous coming into the race in nice order and the latter doubtlessly going to be pestered on the lead by Not So Sleepy, Sceau Royal (9/2) will get the nod.

Should the market recommend Epatante is again to her greatest, Sceau Royal is value taking a look at within the ‘with out favorite’ market the place something above 2/1 can be of curiosity.

I simply hope all of the watering Newcastle have achieved this week, with forecast rain set to come, would not destroy this card and the choice’s probabilities.

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