Aspers Casino Northampton British Stallion Studs E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 5f
- (4-6yo, 2m 5f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 31.20s
- Off time: 14:10:41
|1st||8 Two Rockers||7/2|
|2nd||1 Shotgun Paddy||1||2/1|
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 24
|5||158 11-4||Miss E C Lavelle||A Tinkler||2/1|
Thomas Crapper 43
|5||158 11-4||R Dickin||C Poste||122||15/8f|
Brave Buck 23
|4||152 10-12||H D Daly||Jake Greenall (5)||80/1|
|5||152 10-12||P Henderson||T J O'Brien||40/1|
Norse Wren 38
|4||152 10-12||Mrs P Robeson||S P Jones||100/1|
Push The Trigger 16
|5||152 10-12||C E Longsdon||Kielan Woods (3)||33/1|
Timesishard (IRE) 20
|5||152 10-12||G McPherson||T Molloy (3)||5/1|
Two Rockers (IRE) 224
|5||152 10-12||A King||Wayne Hutchinson||7/2|
||6||10-12||A King||Charlie Huxley||2/1|
Emma Lavelle's stable is just struggling for winners at present and her Shotgun Paddy would need to improve on his defeat of Sin Bin at Chepstow to follow up under a penalty here. Two Rockers won a point-to-point by eight lengths at Largy in April and, being by Milan, shouldn't be fazed by the switch to hurdles while Timesishard was second on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen and will know more today. THOMAS CRAPPER sets a decent standard on his victory at Worcester and subsequent third at Cheltenham. He should pick up the winning thread again here.
Two Rockers (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Mid div, prog 2out, sn went on, lft clr ld last, won at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating One Cool Clarkson (11-4) by 8l, 10 ran.
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, led approaching 4 out, ridden and hit last, stayed on strongly flat, driven out, won at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Sin Bin (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Timesishard (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) In touch, headway after 3 out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Barrakilla (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Thomas Crapper 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, not fluent next, hit 3 out, soon ridden, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 9, 24l behind The New One (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Norse Wren 50-1 (11-10) Tracked winner who soon went clear, weakened 3f out, 6th of 11, 33l behind Westward Point (11-10) at Worcester 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Oct.
Push The Trigger 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, pushed along after 5th, not fluent 6th, hit next, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 41l behind Hold Court (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Fuhgeddaboudit 100-1 (11-4) Held up, headway 6f out, went 3rd 1f out, could not get on terms with front 2, 3rd of 12, 27l behind Mr Mole (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Brave Buck 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.