GoalsMeanMore In Brazil At 888sport.com Novices' Hurdle 2m 6f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 6f 110y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 32.10s
- Off time: 14:10:24
|2nd||6 Mercers Court||3½||3/1|
|3rd||3 Chinatown Boy||6||7/2|
Gun Shy (IRE) 45
|6||159 11-5||G L Moore||Joshua Moore||125||6/1|
|7||159 11-5||J P Ferguson||A P McCoy||120||5/2f|
Chinatown Boy (IRE) 27
|6||152 10-12||P F Nicholls||Sam Twiston-Davies||7/2|
Larks Wing (IRE) 481
|6||152 10-12||Mrs Caroline Keevil||Ian Popham||200/1|
Lily Little Legs (IRE) 45
|5||152 10-12||Ian Williams||Rob McCarth (5)||33/1|
Mercers Court (IRE) 10
|6||152 10-12||N B King||T E Whelan (3)||117||3/1|
|6||152 10-12||Mrs H R J Nelmes||Paul Moloney||115||5/1|
|6||152 10-12 t1||H Morrison||T J O'Brien||100/1|
Hortense Mancini 23
|5||145 10-5 p||Mrs L Wadham||Jack Quinlan (3)||150/1|
||6||10-13||A King||Wayne Hutchinson||7/4|
This is a very tricky opener but we're inclined to give another chance to the wayward MERCERS COURT, who finished ahead of Unowhatimeanharry over a slightly shorter trip here last month and was clear when swerving and unseating Trevor Whelan on the run-in in a handicap over course and distance subsequently. Gun Shy was no match for Ellnando Queen at Plumpton last time but was a course winner here earlier and dual Uttoxeter winner Shubaat hasn't done a lot wrong since being pulled up on his hurdles bow. Chinatown Boy was only beaten a short-head at Wincanton and also goes on the short-list along with Towcester scorer Lily Little Legs.
Shubaat 5-6fav (10-12) Hit 1st, tracked leaders, led 3rd, clear from 6th, fiddled next, never extended, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Johns Luck (10-12) by well, 5 ran.
Mercers Court (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Led, hard driven after 2 out, swerved right and unseated rider after last, in a race won by Urcalin (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May, 10 ran.
Chinatown Boy (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leading trio, stayed on from 2 out, driven between last 2, soon 3rd, went 2nd at the last, keeping on when not much room on inside and switched left run-in, finished well, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Pressies Girl (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Unowhatimeanharry 7-2fav (11-0) Held up in touch, closed 6th, lost place after 3 out, rallied last, switched right flat, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Ballyheigue Bay (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Gun Shy (IRE) 7-4 (11-6) Jumped right on occasions, went right 8th, went right again 3 out, edging left when headed 2 out, chased winner, found nil and well held when mistake last, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Ellnando Queen (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Lily Little Legs (IRE) 11-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, led 6 out, ridden before last, kept on well towards finish, won at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr beating Couldhavehaditall (11-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Hortense Mancini 66-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along before 4 out, weakened after next, 8th of 14, well behind Amazing D'azy (11-0) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Larks Wing (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Ericht (11-11) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '13.
Vibration 10-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 3f out, 8th of 10, 35l behind On The Cusp (9-8) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jul '11 (flat).