European Breeders' Fund Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £4,224 2nd £1,240 3rd £620 4th £310
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 26.30s
- Off time: 14:55:49
|1st||1 Hidden Identity||8/11f|
Hidden Identity (IRE) 71
|7||166 11-12||Tim Vaughan||Jason Kiely (10)||120||8/11f|
Detour Ahead 26
|5||160 11-6 p||Jennie Candlish||S Quinlan||105||8/1|
|7||160 11-6||C Grant||Ryan Mania||112||15/8|
Galway Gem (IRE)
|5||154 11-0||A Parker||R McGrath||66/1|
Lucematic was conceding 7lb to Detour Ahead when more than five lengths behind Jennie Candlish's charge over a similar trip at Wetherby in December but the pair meet on level terms today and there shouldn't be much between them. Both, however, will have their work cut out to beat HIDDEN IDENTITY. Tim Vaughan compensates for her double penalty by putting up a 10lb claimer and the ex-Irish mare can get back to winning ways now running over her best trip again. Galway Gem has a predominantly Flat pedigree so may not be suited by today's conditions.
Hidden Identity (IRE) 4-9fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, challenged 2 out, kept on and every chance until ridden and well held final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Alder Mairi (10-10) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Lucematic 4-9fav (11-5) Held up behind in touch, went 3rd before 5th, mistake next, chased winner before 3 out, soon driven and one pace, no impression when lost 2nd last, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Detour Ahead (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Detour Ahead 11-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders and raced wide, chased winnewr from 3 out until 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Sparkling Hand (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Galway Gem (IRE) Golan mare out of Hasty Native.