Racing UK Novices' Hurdle 2m 7f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 7f 110y, Class 4, 3 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 31.80s
- Off time: 16:00:08
|6||163 11-9||Jonjo O'Neill||Maurice Linehan (5)||Evsj|
Saint Breiz (FR) 17
|8||163 11-9||C J Gray||Mr Robert Hawker (7)||117||16/1|
Chinatown Boy (IRE) 311
|6||157 11-3||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||Evsj|
||6||119||D Skelton||Non Runner||129||NR|
Southfield Theatre (IRE)
||5||11-3||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||2/5|
CAPOTE floored the odds laid on I Need Gold at Catterick on his hurdling debut and looks a promising stayer. Maurice Linehan's claim almost wipes out his penalty and he may have too much for Southwell scorer Walk On Al, though the latter will find this easier than the Grade 2 he contested at Doncaster last time. Ex-pointer Chinatown Boy makes his debut under Rules for Paul Nicholls and can't be ignored but this may be too tough for Wincanton winner Saint Breiz, though the longer trip shouldn't be a problem.
Walk On Al (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, outpaced 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden before last, no impression on leading pair, 4th of 7, 13l behind Urban Hymn (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Capote 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, taken very wide down back straight, ridden and every chance 2 out, led next, stayed on strongly, won at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating I Need Gold (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Saint Breiz (FR) 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along and staying on when left 2nd 2 out, 1 length down last, pushed along to lead flat, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Carry On Sydney (11-0) by 2l, 15 ran.
Chinatown Boy (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Hdwy 7; chsd wnr 4 out; no ex 2 out, 2nd of 14, 12l behind Virtuoso Rouge (10-7) at Berkeley 3m ptp gs in Apr.