European Breeders' Fund 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 3f
- (4-7yo, 2m 3f, Class 3, 10 runners)
- Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 59.30s
- Off time: 14:00:35
|1st||5 Le Reve||9/4j|
|2nd||1 Up To Something||nk||9/4j|
Up To Something (FR) 46
|5||162 11-8||C E Longsdon||N D Fehily||130||9/4j|
|5||156 11-2||P D Niven||Danny Cook||40/1|
Dramatic Duke (IRE) 404
|7||156 11-2||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||66/1|
Le Reve (IRE) 31
|5||156 11-2||Mrs L Wadham||L P Aspell||9/4j|
Lookout Mountain (IRE) 46
|5||156 11-2||Jonjo O'Neill||Mr A J Berry (3)||25/1|
|6||156 11-2||J P Ferguson||D F O'Regan||5/2|
Quadrato (GER) 35
|6||156 11-2||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (3)||100/1|
The Nephew (IRE) 48
|5||156 11-2||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||20/1|
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 28
|5||156 11-2||Jennie Candlish||Sean Quinlan||114||7/1|
|5||149 10-9||Mrs P Sly||Wayne Hutchinson||100/1|
||6||112||D Pipe||T Scudamore||NR|
||6||112||Tim Vaughan||Aidan Coleman||117||NR|
Up To Something was flattered by his proximity to Puffin Billy in a Grade 2 at Ascot last time but should still make his presence felt stepping back up in trip here. Barney Cool has shown definite signs of ability, as has Liberty Court, while Le Reve has been highly tried so far and was last seen finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown. Wake Your Dreams has already been placed at Bangor and Leicester and should be thereabouts if staying the extra but POPULATION could complete a quick double for trainer and jockey. A very useful bumper last season his Huntingdon conqueror, My Tent Or Yours, is held in high regard and a previous winner was back in third that day. Desgrey may be best of the rest.
Barney Cool 5-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, not fluent and pushed along next, no impression 2 out, plugged on flat, 4th of 12, 14l behind Many Clouds (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Liberty Court (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, took closer order before 7th, led briefly 3 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Buffalo Ballet (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Le Reve (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Held up in 6th, pushed along and outpaced in rear 3 out, no chance after, 5th of 7, 17l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-7) at Sandown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Jan.
Up To Something (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Led, presed from 2 out, headed after last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Population 15-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, stayed on to take 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 7l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Led, wandered 2 out, driven and headed last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Whispering Gallery (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Desgrey 66-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, effort when not fluent 3 out, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 11, 15l behind Lord Wishes (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Quadrato (GER) 33-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 30l behind Cayman Islands (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Dramatic Duke (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next, 6th of 15, 30l behind Open Hearted (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec '11.
Lookout Mountain (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, weakened quickly 3 out, last of 6, 33l behind Ballytober (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (3) hvy in Dec.
The Nephew (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 18, well behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Patna 40-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, hung left and outpaced 4f out, no impression after, 7th of 12, 26l behind Aeschylus (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.