Aspen Insurance 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f
- (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 32.90s
- Off time: 14:00:22
|1st||1 Sergeant Mattie||5/6f|
|3rd||2 Ballyheigue Bay||3½||33/1|
Sergeant Mattie (IRE) 150
|6||159 11-5||C E Longsdon||Charlie Deutsch (7)||5/6f|
Ballyheigue Bay (IRE) 29
|7||152 10-12||C Gordon||Tom Cannon||33/1|
Billeragh Milan (IRE) 11
|7||152 10-12||D G Bridgwater||A P Cawley||50/1|
Call Carlo 31
|7||152 10-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||16/1|
Electric Mayhem 23
|7||152 10-12||Nick Mitchell||Wayne Hutchinson||20/1|
|6||152 10-12||N J Gifford||A Thornton||50/1|
Major Milborne 55
|6||152 10-12||Jamie Snowden||Brendan Powell||118||9/4|
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 46
|8||152 10-12||A E Jessop||Joseph Akehurst (7)||106||50/1|
|6||152 10-12||Mrs D Grissell||S Thomas||100/1|
Bow Quest 14
|7||145 10-5||G L Moore||J E Moore||8/1|
|7||145 10-5||N J Gifford||L P Aspell||25/1|
Tigridia (IRE) 112
|7||145 10-5||Mrs S Wall||M Goldstein||100/1|
Broadway Buffalo (IRE)
||5||11-12||D Pipe||T Scudamore||1/7|
A point-to-point winner, SERGEANT MATTIE should have no problem with today's longer trip having won on his hurdling debut over 2m1f at Carlisle. Charlie Deutsch's allowance negates a penalty and he can follow-up at the main expense of Major Milborne. The latter will be winning one of these events soon judged on his recent placed efforts and he's preferred to Steepleofcopper, who looked like claiming third place at Fakenham last time but fell at the last. Bow Quest was beaten a distance when placed over 2m here and Cove was tailed off when third over track and trip last time.
Sergeant Mattie (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Made all, driven clear before 2 out, ran on well, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Blades Lad (10-12) by 7l, 13 ran.
Cove 12-1 (11-2) Held up tracking leaders, mistake 7th, went moderate 3rd after 8th, tailed off and no chance with leading pair when hung right onn bend before 2 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Toubeera (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Ballyheigue Bay (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Mid div, mstks 2nd & 5th, prog to 4th 5out, prog gng well to jn ldr appr str, nrw adv last, kow best run-in, won at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp gs in Feb beating Rise Before Dawn (12-2) by 4l, 16 ran.
Wunfurlez 100-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Marcilhac (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Jan.
Call Carlo 20-1 (11-4) Went right 1st, mistakes, held up in last pair, jumped slowly and dropped to rear 6th, pushed along and strugging before 3 out, poor 6th when blundered 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 38l behind Boogie In The Barn (11-4) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Major Milborne 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before
Electric Mayhem 66-1 (11-2) Held up toward srear, headway approaching 4th, remiders before 3 out, chased leaders after 3 out, weakened and hampered next, 6th of 15, 12l behind Saint Breiz (10-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Billeragh Milan (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up, fell 3rd, in a race won by Fayette County (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Kikili 10-1 (11-2) In rear, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Boogie In The Barn (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) gd in Dec.
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) Wandered at several flights, led, clear 5th until 8th, headed after 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd, ridden and beaten when fell last, in a race won by Moss On The Mill (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Bow Quest 66-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, steady headway after 3 out, went 4th and hit 2 out, modest 3rd when went left last, 3rd of 14, 26l behind Albert Bridge (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Tigridia (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) In rear, mistake 6th, struggling after 8th, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Wither Yenot (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.