British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 3f 110y

  • (4-7yo, 2m 3f 110y, Class 4, 13 runners)
  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 58.20s
  • Off time: 13:55:42
Full result
Result 13:55 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 African Gold 13/8
2nd 2 Close Touch 4 11/10f
3rd 11 Mcllhatton 12/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 12111
Royal blue and grey diamonds, quartered cap African Gold (IRE) 40
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 12111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-12t
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
5 166 11-12 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 135 13/8
2 111
Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Close Touch 76
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 166 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 11/10f
3 621P12
Emerald Green, Red hoops, quartered cap Saints And Sinners (IRE) 29
  • T:M W Easterby
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 621P12
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
5 166 11-12 M W Easterby Jake Greenall (3) 124 11/1
4 54
Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Champagne N Caviar (IRE) 60
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
  • Form: 54
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 A King W Hutchinson 66/1
5 1-
Pink, pink cap, royal blue spots Classical Twist (IRE) 368
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:Maurice Linehan
  • Form: 1-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (5) 33/1
6 2260
Red, white chevrons, red sleeves, white spots, red cap Dare To Endeavour 30
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:Donal Devereux
  • Form: 2260
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 P Bowen Donal Devereux (3) 66/1
7 944-99
ROYAL BLUE, red star, yellow cap Deportation 26
  • T:J R Norton
  • J:F Davis
  • Form: 944-99
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 J R Norton F Davis 100/1
8 0-3P07
White, Maroon chevrons, Maroon sleeves, White diamonds, White cap, Maroon diamond Discoverie 15
  • T:Mrs Dianne Sayer
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: 0-3P07
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 Mrs Dianne Sayer Ryan Mania 100/1
9 700
Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, striped sleeves and star on cap Executive Strike 7
  • T:N J Pomfret
  • J:Trevor Whelan
  • Form: 700
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 N J Pomfret Trevor Whelan (5) 100/1
10 6-57
MAROON, WHITE hooped sleeves Irish By Name (IRE) 43
  • T:J Wade
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 6-57
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 J Wade B Hughes 100/1
11 31-35
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Mcllhatton (IRE) 76
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 31-35
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon (3) 12/1
12 1-
White, Mauve stars Minella Fifty (IRE) 326
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:Mr A J Berry
  • Form: 1-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill Mr A J Berry (3) 25/1
13 1
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Warden Hill (IRE) 67
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 M R Channon D Elsworth 16/1

In depth

Verdict

Two very promising novices lock horns here with CLOSE TOUCH narrowly preferred to African Gold. The Queen's gelding tackles this longer trip for the first time but his form over 2m is working out well with Ascot runner-up Fair Trade landing a very well-contested jumpers' bumper last month. He still holds an entry in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. African Gold showed plenty of resolution to win a handicap over 2m5f at Newbury last time but gives the impression he'll do even better over 3m while Saints And Sinners needs to improve again on a recent course and distance second if he's to trouble the likely principals. Mcllhatton may need more time and that comment also applies to points winners Classical Twist and Minella Fifty as well as winning bumper Warden Hill.

Formwatch

African Gold (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Chased clear leader, cosed approaching 3 out, led 2 out, hung left soon after, driven out, won at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec beating El Dancer (10-4) by nk, 9 ran.

Close Touch 4-7fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd when not fluent 6th, led approaching last, driven and stayed on well, won at Ascot 2m hdl (3) sft in Nov beating Fair Trade (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.

Mcllhatton (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until after 3 out, no extra in 4th before last, 5th of 12, 18l behind Many Clouds (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.

Warden Hill (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, led entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std in Dec beating Tradewinds (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.

Champagne N Caviar (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside 8f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 16, 16l behind Werenearlyoutofit (10-13) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.

Saints And Sinners (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Led, ridden and pressed before 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 19, nk behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.

Dare To Endeavour 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, pushed along over 5f out, soon lost place, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Anteros (11-5) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.

Deportation 200-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, weakened before 5 out, tailed off, 9th of 17, well behind Up And Go (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.

Classical Twist (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Pr, ld 2out, quickened clr app last, won at Belharbour 2m ire ptp sft in Feb '12 beating Band Of Blood (11-7) by 2l, 11 ran.

Irish By Name (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, never a factor, 7th of 11, 29l behind Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.

Minella Fifty (IRE) 5-4 (11-7) Made all, chall gng to last, so strongly, won at Tralee 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar beating Kestrel (11-7) by 3l, 11 ran.

Discoverie 100-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened after 6th, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Veloce (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.

Executive Strike 200-1 (10-13) Led to 3rd, weakened 4th, tailed off before 3 out, last of 16, well behind If In Doubt (11-4) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.