SSAFA Forces And Families 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 14.20s
- Off time: 16:51:19
|1st||5 In Fairness||7/1|
|2nd||1 Mountain King||3||2/1|
|3rd||4 Fight Commander||3½||11/2|
Mountain King 20
|5||169 12-1||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||135||2/1|
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 19
|6||155 11-1||Ian Williams||Rob McCarth (5)||124||11/8f|
Comte D'anjou 34
|5||155 11-1 p1||Nick Williams||Nick Scholfield||12/1|
Fight Commander (IRE) 36
|5||155 11-1||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||11/2|
In Fairness (IRE) 79
|5||155 11-1||N J Henderson||D Bass||7/1|
Parting Way (IRE) 44
|6||155 11-1||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (3)||50/1|
Rattleandrun (IRE) 28
|6||155 11-1||B G Powell||Brendan Powell||100/1|
Willpower (IRE) 86
|5||155 11-1||N J Henderson||Peter Carberry (3)||25/1|
Viva Steve (IRE)
||5||11-1||M R Channon||D Elsworth||2/1|
In Fairness may be better than he's shown so far while A Tale Of Intrigue has only found one too good on a couple of occasions this season and should be capable of picking up a small race before the end of the campaign. Fight Commander has shown promise in point-to-points and bumpers but it will take a good performance to lower the colours of MOUNTAIN KING. He may have been lucky at Ascot last time but that was a much better race than this and he's clearly very tough.
In Fairness (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 14, well behind Brother Brian (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Mountain King 11-10fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 6th, led after 3 out, headed 2 out, left 5 lengths 2nd last, stayed on under pressure, led towards finish, won at Ascot 2m nov hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Wadswick Court (11-10) by nk, 5 ran.
Fight Commander (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, stayed on same pace approaching final fulong, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Jolly's Cracked It (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Comte D'anjou 10-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Horatio Hornblower (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Parting Way (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up behind, not fluent 3rd, some headway after 3 out, plugged on same pace, no chance with leaders, tailed off, 4th of 9, 31l behind Anay Turge (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Willpower (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, pushed along after 5th, headway when blundered and rider lost iron briefly 7th, soon weakened, left remote 4th after 2 out, 4th of 7, well behind Algernon Pazham (10-9) at Leicester 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Dec.
Rattleandrun (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 3f out, 6th of 11, 25l behind Third Act (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) hvy in Feb.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led 4f, pressed leader, led again 4f out, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, chased winner until ridden well over 1f out, no chance with leading duo when lost 3rd over 1f out, weakened, 5th of 14, 14l behind Five In A Row (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.