Christmas Party At Southwell 12 December Novices' Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,903
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 46.60s
- Off time: 14:45:39
|1st||2 Holoko Heights||11/4f|
|2nd||3 Otto Quercus||6||3/1|
Hi Tide (IRE) 36
|5||159 11-5||J R Jenkins||L P Aspell||112||7/1|
Holoko Heights 159
|4||152 10-12||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||11/4f|
Otto Quercus (FR) 30
|4||152 10-12||C E Longsdon||P J Brennan||3/1|
Quidonc (FR) 263
|5||152 10-12||Mrs Caroline Bailey||T Messenger||115||11/2|
|5||152 10-12||M C Chapman||S Gagan (7)||75||100/1|
Highbourne Lady 19
|5||145 10-5||C C Bealby||Adam Wedge (7)||200/1|
Mistic Academy (IRE) 11
|4||145 10-5||Miss J E Foster||Mr O Greenall (3)||20/1|
Sceilin (IRE) 27
|5||145 10-5 t||J Mackie||Stephen Craine||3/1|
HOLOKO HEIGHTS can continue Tim Vaughan's fine record of taking others' cast-offs and turning them into winners, with the main dangers here expected to be Hi Tide and Otto Quercus. Previously with Nicky Vaughan, Holoko Heights ended his flat career with a victory in a stayers' contest at Ayr, but we don't know how he'll take to jumping. Given the yard's record though, it should be taken on trust that he can. Otto Quercus fell on his British debut, having previously run unsuccessfully in his native France, but there should be improvement to come, given that he's only four years old. Hi Tide won here over slightly further three runs back, but has been poor since and may be in the grip of the handicapper. The one we like though, with the caveat we've yet to se him jumping, is Holoko Heights.
Holoko Heights 2-1fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway to lead over 2f out, driven out, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun beating Fistral (7-13) by nk, 8 ran (flat).
Otto Quercus (FR) 16-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden and weakened into mid-division when hit 4 out, well behind when fell last, in a race won by Tito Bustillo (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
Sceilin (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Held up, headway towards inside over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 13l behind Spensley (8-9) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct (flat).
Hi Tide (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in 3rd and detached, headway 5 out, hampered 3 out, saddle soon slipped, chasing winner and well held when fell last, remounted, walked over line, 3rd of 4, well behind Noticeable (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m noc chs (3) gf in Oct.
Quidonc (FR) 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, hit 7th, reminders, hit 10th, mistake 11th, weakened 13th, 11th of 18, well behind Kitski (11-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Vogarth 250-1 (10-5) Always behind, 7th of 11, 28l behind Press The Button (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Mistic Academy (IRE) 200-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, some headway approaching 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 16, 13l behind King In Waiting (11-0) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Highbourne Lady 100-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, behind from 4th, mistake next, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Orbital Orchid (10-10) at Worcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.