Betfred 'Fun And Friendly' Maiden Hurdle 2m 1f
- (3yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
- Going: Soft (Good/Soft plcs)(Mildmay - Good/Soft, Soft plcs)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 28.80s
- Off time: 12:01:02
|1st||6 Splash of Ginge||3/1|
|2nd||2 Gabrial The Great||20||11/4|
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 25
|5||161 11-7||Jonjo O'Neill||W Kennedy||66/1|
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 70
|4||161 11-7||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||11/4|
Presentings Return (IRE) 15
|4||161 11-7||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||50/1|
Regal Diamond (IRE) 31
|5||161 11-7||P Bowen||T J O'Brien||2/1f|
Splash of Ginge 34
|5||161 11-7||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||127||3/1|
Viacometti (FR) 29
|4||161 11-7||T R George||P J Brennan||18/1|
Villoresi (IRE) 59
|4||161 11-7||J J Quinn||B Hughes||4/1|
||4||117||Ian Williams||R J McCarth||NR|
||4||11-7||J P Ferguson||Jack Quinlan||4/1|
Regal Diamond won a couple of bumpers in the spring and only found one too good on his hurdling debut at Chepstow. He's one for the short-list here along with Splash Of Ginge, though the latter has been racing over further and was well beaten at Carlisle last month. Viacometti is another bumper winner and Clues And Arrows has been successful between the flags but this easy course often suits recruits from the Flat and there are a couple in this. GABRIAL THE GREAT won over 1m4f on the level and was eighth in the Cambridgeshire when last seen. He was rated 11lb higher than Villoresi and can get off the mark over hurdles here at the first time of asking.
Grand Gigolo (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, never involved, 12th of 18, 42l behind Garde La Victoire (11-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Splash of Ginge 3-1 (10-12) Led until before 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 6, 27l behind Oscar Fortune (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Missed break, held up far side, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 31, 6l behind Educate (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep (flat).
Villoresi (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Close up, ridden over 2f out, keeping on inside final furlong when short of room, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Border Legend (9-9) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Regal Diamond (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, every chance 3 out, kept on one pace from last, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Vice Et Vertu (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 1st, headway to chase leaders 3rd, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Ivan Boru (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Viacometti (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Led to halfway, tracked leader, led again briefly over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 12, 16l behind No No Romeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Presentings Return (IRE) 18-1 (10-9) Keen hold in mid-division, weakened 3f out, 8th of 10, 26l behind Desoto County (11-0) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.