32Red Casino Novices' Hurdle 3m 1f
- (4yo+, 3m 1f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 19.20s
- Off time: 15:20:49
|1st||2 Algernon Pazham||15/8f|
|2nd||1 Walk On Al||nk||2/1|
Walk On Al (IRE) 43
|6||163 11-9||D Skelton||Harry Skelton||129||2/1|
Algernon Pazham (IRE) 29
|5||157 11-3||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||124||15/8f|
By The Boardwalk (IRE) 50
|6||157 11-3 t1||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||120||11/4|
Carn Rock 45
|6||157 11-3||M Gates||Peter Carberry (3)||80/1|
Island Cruise (IRE) 18
|6||157 11-3 t||P G Murphy||C Bolger||110||8/1|
Mr Lennygreengrass (IRE) 21
|7||157 11-3||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||40/1|
Spike Mac (IRE) 23
|9||157 11-3||R C Harper||A Thornton||200/1|
||5||11-9||A King||W Hutchinson||3/1|
Despite his starting price, WALK ON AL turned in a very creditable performance in a Grade 2 at Doncaster in January. He only weakened approaching the last and finished ahead of three useful previous winners. He is fancied to give 6lb to Algernon Pazham, who escapes a penalty for his Leicester victory as it came in a race confined to conditional jockeys. By The Boardwalk ran well at Ascot two runs ago but was not as impressive there last time. Island Cruise was placed twice at Ludlow last month but is likely to find at least one too good again.
Algernon Pazham (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) In rear and in touch, pushed a long in 3rd before 2 out, soon left 2nd, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Royal Player (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Feb.
Walk On Al (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, outpaced 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden before last, no impression on leading pair, 4th of 7, 13l behind Urban Hymn (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Island Cruise (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 2nd until after 5th, led 6th, headed last, no impression flat, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Sybarite (11-4) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
By The Boardwalk (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Last pair, weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 7, 49l behind Champagne West (11-12) at Ascot 2m 6f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Jan.
Carn Rock 100-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 8, 28l behind Moss On The Mill (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Mr Lennygreengrass (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Las trio, never involved, 10th of 14, 25l behind Five In A Row (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Spike Mac (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Close up in rear when hit and fell 3rd, in a race won by Destroyer Deployed (11-0) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.