Happy Birthday Courtney Walton Novices' Chase 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £7,148 2nd £2,099 3rd £1,049 4th £525
- Going: Good to Soft (Soft down the hill)
- Surface: Turf
- Off time: 12:50:18
|8||160 11-6||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||3/1|
Yesyoucan (IRE) 16
|8||160 11-6||B Ellison||J Reveley||11/2|
Call of Duty (IRE) 8
|8||154 11-0||Mrs Dianne Sayer||Colm McCormack (5)||200/1|
Eduard (IRE) 38
|5||154 11-0||N G Richards||Brian Harding||4/7f|
Hunters Belt (IRE) 60
|9||154 11-0||F P Murtagh||Henry Brooke||50/1|
||7||J Walton||Miss C Walton||113||NR|
EDUARD produced a cracking first run over fences here behind Pendra, who has won again since. He would have made the winner work harder had he not slipped on landing after jumping the second-last and compensation awaits today. Mwaleshi just touched off the selection in a Grade 2 hurdle at Kelso last season and won over fences at Wetherby last month but is worse off at the weights now, though still preferred to Newcastle scorer Yesyoucan. Hunters Belt has won three times over hurdles but is jumping fences late in life.
Rupert Bear 17-2 (10-7) Led until after 3rd, tracke dleaders, led 4th, headed 6th, led again 5 out, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 26l behind Definite Dream (10-10) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Eduard (IRE) 7-4 (11-2) Towards rear, headway 7 out, challenged 5 out, every chance when blundered 2 out, not recover, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Pendra (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) gs in Oct.
Mwaleshi 11-8fav (10-9) Led to 3rd, tracked leader until after 4th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on well to lead towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m nov chs (4) gs in Nov beating Imjoeking (10-7) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Yesyoucan (IRE) 10-11fav (11-2) Led to 2nd, led again 3rd, headed before 6th, led 11th, mistake 5 out, clear before 3 out, eased towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Nov beating Bit Of A Jig (11-2) by 9l, 4 ran.
Call of Duty (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed after 5th, weakened 2 out, 7th of 9, 35l behind Garde La Victoire (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden and effort before 3 out, no impression, 6th when mistake last, weakened after, 6th of 14, 22l behind Dartford Warbler (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.