Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m 1f

  • (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £11,390 2nd £4,274 3rd £2,140 4th £1,066 5th £536 6th £268
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 38.10s
  • Off time: 14:30:34
Full result
Result 14:30 Exeter
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Melodic Rendezvous 5/4
2nd 4 Puffin Billy 9 4/5f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
3 12-211
Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle and armlets, check cap Melodic Rendezvous 36
  • T:J Scott
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 12-211
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
7 165 11-11 J Scott Nick Scholfield 145 5/4
4 1-111
Red and White check, White cap Puffin Billy (IRE) 51
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 1-111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
5 165 11-11 O Sherwood L Aspell 150 4/5f
5 225736
BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Red Riverman 32
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 225736
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 118 25/1
6 22-25
Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets High Ville (IRE) 11
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 22-25
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 157 11-3 D Pipe T Scudamore 33/1
7 522
Black, Light Blue star, striped sleeves and star on cap Enchanting Smile (FR) 55
  • T:Mark Gillard
  • J:T J Phelan
  • Form: 522
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-10t
  • OR: 105
  • Naps:
6 150 10-10 t Mark Gillard T J Phelan 105 100/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 14
Lordofthehouse (IRE) 79
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:T R George
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 14
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 1111 T R George P J Brennan NR
2 7-12914
Meganisi (IRE) 51
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 7-12914
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
6 1111 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 127 NR

In depth

Verdict

This Listed contest has attracted a couple of cracking novices with Cheltenham aspirations. It's difficult to know quite how good Puffin Billy is but he never came off the bridle in winning a Grade 2 at Ascot in December and is still unbeaten after four runs in bumpers and over hurdles. However, we'll take him on here with MELODIC RENDEZVOUS, who may just be that bit more streetwise and was very impressive in winning the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle last month. He just has the edge on a line through Le Reve and Ascot second Up To Something. Meganisi was well behind Puffin Billy at Ascot while this looks far too hot for Lordofthehouse and the remainder are even harder to fancy.

Formwatch

Lordofthehouse (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Reluctant to race, detached, not fluent 2nd, soon closed on rear of main group, went 3rd 6th, not fluent and ridden 2 out, no extra, 4th of 6, 9l behind Close Touch (11-5) at Ascot 2m hdl (3) sft in Nov.

Meganisi (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistakes and not fluent throughout, driven 3 out, weakened next, eased last, modest 4th, last of 4, 35l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.

Melodic Rendezvous 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders disputing 4th, headway to 3rd well before 2 out, went 2nd soon after 2 out, led last, stayed on strongly to asset final 150 yards, won at Sandown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Jan beating Pendra (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.

Puffin Billy (IRE) 4-9fav (11-7) In touch, headway 2 out, led on bit after last, soon clear, impressive, won at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec beating Up To Something (11-0) by 5l, 4 ran.

Red Riverman 16-1 (11-7) Heled up towards rear, steady headway 4 out, ridden and ridden in 4th before next, weakened 2 out, 6th of 12, 20l behind Brick Red (11-5) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.

Enchanting Smile (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Pulled hard in rear, headway 3 out, led after next, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Accordingtopalm (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.

High Ville (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Took keen hold in mid-diviison, headway to chase leader 4th until 3 out, chased leading pair but no impression until ridden last, weakened flat, 5th of 15, 20l behind Heronshaw (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.