Merigo's Looking Forward To Another Scottish National Novices' Hurdle 3m 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 51.20s
- Off time: 13:45:27
|1st||3 Swatow Typhoon||8/11f|
|2nd||1 Kris Cross||1¼||11/2|
Kris Cross (IRE) 34
|6||164 11-10 t||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||120||11/2|
Swatow Typhoon (IRE) 25
|6||164 11-10||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||8/11f|
Indigo Rock (IRE) 48
|7||157 11-3||M Smith||Danny Cook||9/1|
Isaacstown Lad (IRE) 97
|6||157 11-3||W Amos||Callum Whillans (5)||33/1|
Merigo (FR) 23
|12||157 11-3||A Parker||T J Murphy||117||14/1|
Shanen (IRE) 70
|7||157 11-3 t||Miss P Robson||R McGrath||115||9/2|
Black Velvet Belle (IRE) 24
|6||150 10-10||Mrs L B Normile||A L Voy (3)||200/1|
||6||1110||N G Richards||Brian Harding||114||NR|
||7||113 vt||M A Barnes||S Mulqueen||85||NR|
||8||113 vt||M A Barnes||M J McAlister||101||NR|
||6||113||A M Thomson||Ryan Mania||NR|
||10||113 p1||N W Alexander||Lucy Alexander||97||NR|
Three of these carry winners' penalties but Kris Cross and Streams Of Whiskey have failed to threaten since scoring last year. SWATOW TYPHOON is the exception as he followed up a bumper win here with victory at this track on last month's hurdling debut and is fancied to continue his good progress. Shanen's best effort so far over timber also came at this course when he finished third over 2m and he'll figure if lasting home while winning chaser Isla Pearl Fisher reverts to hurdling for the first time since 2009. Merigo has the race named in his honour and this should provide a good prep before the dual Scottish Grand National hero has another crack at next month's renewal.
Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, ridden after 9th, mistake and weakened 3 out, 8th of 10, 31l behind Forestside (11-3) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Across The Tweed (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, pushed along before next and dropped rear, soon tailed off, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Attycran (IRE) 28-1 (11-8) Towards rear and pushed along, reminders before 5th, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by Coverholder (9-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Blue Kascade (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 4 out, chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 10, 22l behind Corrin Wood (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Isla Pearl Fisher 7-2 (11-0) In rear, headway 5 out, ridden and held in in 3rd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Pentiffic (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Swatow Typhoon (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Made all, pushed along before 3 out, kept on well flat, won at Ayr 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Talkin Sence (11-6) by 7l, 7 ran.
Kris Cross (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up in touch in last pair, not fluent 3 out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 12l behind Superior Quality (11-4) at Musselburgh 3m nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Indigo Rock (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Alw pr, cl up 3out, chall 2out, not qckn bef last, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Top Four (12-0) at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp sft in Jan.
Merigo (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outer, pushed along before 7th, soon lost place, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Rolecarr (11-1) at Kelso 2m 7f Am hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Shanen (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair in touch, headway on outside after 4 out, chased leading pair after next, went 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Stopped Out (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Black Velvet Belle (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Led early, with leader, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 8, 44l behind Plan Again (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Isaacstown Lad (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Made all, went on 2out, ko, won at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Mattie's Passion (12-0) by 8l, 14 ran.