Roy Molyneux 80th Birthday Novices' Hurdle 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 38.20s
- Off time: 14:41:27
|1st||3 No No Mac||11/4|
|2nd||2 Kilgefin Star||½||13/2|
|3rd||1 Act Alone||4||11/8f|
Act Alone 60
|5||163 11-9||N J Henderson||Nico de Boinville (5)||11/8f|
Kilgefin Star (IRE) 87
|6||163 11-9||M Smith||Adam Nicol (5)||116||13/2|
No No Mac (IRE) 62
|5||163 11-9||C E Longsdon||N D Fehily||121||11/4|
Cape York 303
|6||156 11-2||J M Jefferson||B Hughes||14/1|
Jimmy The Jetplane (IRE) 44
|6||156 11-2||K C Bailey||J M Maguire||13/2|
Lemons Ground 52
|5||156 11-2||Jamie Snowden||Brendan Powell||16/1|
|5||156 11-2||S-J Davies||W T Kennedy||80/1|
Classical Chloe 20
|6||149 10-9 t||Sara Ender||Ryan Winks (7)||100/1|
Lucky Landing (IRE)
||7||11-2||T Coyle||B J Toomey||2/1|
Kilgefin Star has struggled in subsequent starts since winning at Kelso in October and it remains to be seen how No No Mac gets on penalised for winning in testing ground over a longer trip at Southwell. ACT ALONE makes more appeal despite his penalty as Nicky Henderson's charge finished well clear of the field when scoring at Doncaster in January. He can follow-up in this. Jimmy The Jetplane ran well for a long way on his debut before fading away and bumper winner Cape York is worth noting as he goes hurdling for the first time.
No No Mac (IRE) 8-11fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led 8th, clear before 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Ampleforth (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Kilgefin Star (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leader until after 6th, outpaced before 4 out, never dangerous, 4th of 10, 35l behind Racing Pulse (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Act Alone 7-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, clear run-in, eased towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan beating Sir Pitt (11-6) by 14l, 11 ran.
Jimmy The Jetplane (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 17, 26l behind Rainbow Peak (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Cape York 13-2 (11-2) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May beating Factor Fifty (10-5) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Lemons Ground 7-1 (11-4) Chased clear pair, in 3rd and well held when blundered last, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 34l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Supari 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd over 4f out, every chance over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 11, 23l behind Great Try (11-2) at Southwell 2m (4) std in Feb.
Classical Chloe 50-1 (10-2) In touch in rear, closed on outside 11f out, outpaced over 4f out, rallied over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Direct Approach (11-2) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.