Headmasters Juvenile Hurdle 2m 110y
- (3yo, 2m 110y, Class 3, 8 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places on Back Straight
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 4.86s
- Off time: 12:35:16
|1st||3 Violet Dancer||9/4|
|2nd||2 Sleepy Haven||4||20/1|
|3rd||4 Abracadabra Sivola||1¾||3/1|
Sirop De Menthe (FR) 126
|3||158 11-4||J Westwood||W T Kennedy||119||16/1|
Sleepy Haven (IRE) 23
|3||158 11-4||Jennie Candlish||Sean Quinlan||114||20/1|
Violet Dancer 32
|3||158 11-4||G L Moore||J E Moore||9/4|
Abracadabra Sivola (FR) 20
|3||152 10-12||Nick Williams||R Johnson||3/1|
Classic Art 159
|3||152 10-12||R A Teal||C Bolger||100/1|
Dude Alert (IRE) 27
|3||152 10-12||Miss A M Newton-Smith||Adam Wedge||98||66/1|
Mandy's Boy (IRE) 9
|3||152 10-12||Ian Williams||J M Maguire||14/1|
Sweet Deal (IRE) 50
|3||152 10-12||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||6/4f|
Captain Cardington (IRE)
||3||10-12||Miss S West||M Goldstein||7/1|
Sweet Deal, a winner twice on the Flat for Jeremy Noseda, should be closely monitored in the market on his first start for Nicky Henderson but VIOLET DANCER probably sets a decent standard. He beat a Paul Nicholls' hot-pot very easily at Plumpton and is likely to improve further. Abracadabra Sivola has his sights lowered after contesting a Grade 2 at Cheltenham and will relish the uphill finish here. He's preferred to Sirop De Menthe, having his first run since August, and last month's Bangor winner Sleepy Haven. Mandy's Boy can step up on his fourth at Wetherby and looks best of the rest.
Violet Dancer 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, not fluent next, went 2nd going well after 3 out, led next, drawing clear when hit last, easily, won at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Aldopicgros (10-12) by 10l, 7 ran.
Sleepy Haven (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leader, led before 2 out, ridden before last and not fluent, kept on well, won at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Green And White (10-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Abracadabra Sivola (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced before 3 out, soon lost place, no chance with leaders from next, 5th of 7, 24l behind Royal Irish Hussar (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Nov.
Sweet Deal (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, edged right and went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Gone Dutch (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Oct (flat).
Sirop De Menthe (FR) 2-5fav (11-5) Held up in touch in last, went left on landing 2nd, went 2nd after 4th, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before 2 out, soon hanging left and well held, 2nd of 4, 13l behind Lindenhurst (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Mandy's Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, switched left before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 13l behind Rutherglen (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Classic Art 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, reminders and lost place 4f out, soon rear, virtually pulled up final 2f, tailed off, last of 10, 38l behind Orbison (9-5) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun (flat).
Dude Alert (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Pressed leader, no impression on winner when jumped left and not fluent 2 out, well held when mistake last, 2nd of 5, 33l behind Kentucky Hyden (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Nov.