Happy New Year From S V Rutter Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Heavy (Soft places in last 3f)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 40.90s
- Off time: 12:05:29
|1st||5 Madam Lilibet||Evsf|
Lady Of Verona (IRE) 25
|6||156 11-2||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Craig Nichol (7)||91||7/4|
|6||156 11-2||W Coltherd||Gary Rutherford (5)||40/1|
Tinkwood (IRE) 230
|6||156 11-2 t1||M W Easterby||Jake Greenall (3)||4/1|
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 25
|4||143 10-3||Mrs S A Watt||Joseph Palmowski (7)||103||Evsf|
||7||112||V Thompson||Colm McCormack||NR|
||6||11-2||P Atkinson||G Lee||10/1|
Madam Lilibet has found one too good in both starts over hurdles but was beaten a distance on both occasions and LADY OF VERONA makes more appeal. Lucinda Russell's mare lost her winning chance with a blunder close home at Sedgefield last time but kept on well for second and can open her account in this. Chosen Keys has been placed in point-to-points but is having her first start since 2011 on her debut under Rules while Tinkwood was well beaten on her bumper debut back in the same year. Newcomer Midlem Moss is probably best watched on this occasion.
Chosen Keys (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Ur 3, in a race won by Highland Cathedral (12-5) at Alnwick 3m ptp sft in Dec '11, 13 ran.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 18-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden before 7th, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd place close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 22l behind Witness In Court (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Lady Of Verona (IRE) 15-8 (10-2) With winner, ridden before 2 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 3, 14l behind Hannah Jacques (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f cond mrs nov hdl (4yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Midlem Moss And Beyond mare out of Midlem Melody.
Tinkwood (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) (tt) wl bhnd til stayed on 3 out; nt rch ldrs, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Time Gentlemen (12-0) at Tabley 3m ptp gd in May.