European Breeders' Fund 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 1f
- (4-6yo, 2m 1f, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £2,534 2nd £744 3rd £372 4th £186
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 10.30s
- Off time: 13:00:33
|1st||1 Simply Ned||4/9f|
|2nd||3 Angel Sun||9||20/1|
Simply Ned (IRE) 24
|4||158 11-4||N G Richards||F Davis||4/9f|
Alba King (IRE) 175
|5||152 10-12||Mrs S J Smith||H Oliver||22/1|
Angel Sun (FR) 17
|5||152 10-12||Ferdy Murphy||G Lee||20/1|
Bolt From The Blue 32
|6||152 10-12||B Storey||B Hughes||100/1|
Harry Handsome 24
|6||152 10-12||Mrs R Dobbin||K Renwick||40/1|
One For Luck 196
|4||152 10-12||T D Easterby||B Harding||16/1|
Scales (IRE) 26
|5||152 10-12||J M Jefferson||J Reveley||11/2|
Silver By Choice 11
|5||152 10-12 b1||A D Brown||K James (5)||200/1|
Tartan Tiger (IRE) 24
|5||152 10-12||J J Quinn||D C Costello||10/1|
Turbolinas (FR) 27
|4||152 10-12||Mrs K Walton||K Mercer||25/1|
Wind Prospect 63
|5||152 10-12 p1||R Craggs||K Johnson||200/1|
|5||145 10-5||J Bewley||M J McAlister||100/1|
Pure Faith (IRE)
||6||11-8||P Bowen||B Hughes||9/2|
Malcolm Jefferson won this in 2008 and winning bumper Scales showed plenty of promise on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter. Tim Easterby enjoyed a wonderful Flat campaign and will have been encouraged by the racecourse debut of One For Luck in a bumper here in April. Angel Sun didn't show much on his hurdling debut at Aintree but should have come on for the experience. He was just behind Turbolinas when runner-up in a bumper here in February but the winner has been beaten a distance in both starts over timber. SIMPLY NED was given a patient ride by Fearghal Davis when scoring easily at Kelso and his mount is impossible to oppose here despite conceding weight all round.
Simply Ned (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, hampered after 3rd on stable bend, headway to chase leaders 3 out, left 2nd after 2 out, led last 220 yards, kept on strongly, won at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct beating Civil Unrest (10-7) by 7l, 14 ran.
Angel Sun (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Held up behind, outpaced after 4 out, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 8, 42l behind Hazy Tom (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Scales (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, went 2nd 4th until approaching last, no extra last, 5th of 10, 16l behind Gallox Bridge (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gf in Oct.
Turbolinas (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, well behind King Zeal (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Harry Handsome 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 7th, weakened from 4 out, 4th of 11, well behind Stormin Exit (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Tartan Tiger (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, hampered after 3rd on stable bend, in 8th before 3 out, kept on from last, no impression, 5th of 14, 28l behind Simply Ned (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
One For Luck 9-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced from 5f out, stayed on from over 1f out, 4th of 11, 10l behind Tricksofthetrade (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Apr.
Bolt From The Blue 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 7th of 9, well behind Priceless Art (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Alba King (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) With leaders and keen, pushed along and lost place over 7f out when outpaced, went remote 3rd in straight, 3rd of 6, 40l behind Mister Dillon (10-7) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Wind Prospect 250-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened from 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Shifting Gold (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Megamix 8-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 6f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, well behind Rowdy Rocher (10-11) at Hexham 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Race (4-6yo) (5) gd in Oct.
Silver By Choice 125-1 (10-7) Mistake and rider lost iron briefly 1st, towards rear, reminder after 4th, behind when blundered badly 6th, pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Crafti Bookie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 17 ran.