Matthew Brown Memorial Westend Racing Southampton Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 40.10s
- Off time: 15:10:17
|2nd||2 Nathans Pride||½||12/1|
|5||159 11-5||Dr R D P Newland||Sam Twiston-Davies||4/5f|
Nathans Pride (IRE) 27
|6||159 11-5||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne||12/1|
Norfolk Sky 28
|5||159 11-5||B Barr||D Crosse||123||9/4|
Rob Conti (FR) 28
|9||152 10-12||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||117||13/2|
Hazzaat (IRE) 18
|4||148 10-8||N B King||T E Whelan (3)||50/1|
||5||10-12||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||7/4|
Norfolk Sky won over a slightly shorter trip here in March and made all over 2m at Wincanton last time. But Brian Barr's mare looks vulnerable in this against less-exposed types. DISCAY dotted up at Huntingdon on his hurdling debut and there should be plenty more to come from the five-year-old who won four times on the Flat and seems oblivious to the state of the ground. Nathans Pride won a Worcester maiden hurdle last month but faces better opposition here and Rob Conti has been coming up short in hunter chases. Hazzaat was a modest maiden on the level and will find easier opportunities in the coming months.
Hazzaat (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, soon chased clear winner, staying on inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Camelopardalis (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May (flat).
Nathans Pride (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) Tracked leader, left in lead 4th, wandered approaching 3 out, not fluent next, 2 lengths ahead last, kept on well run-in, ridden out, won at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in May beating Danisa (10-7) by 2l, 6 ran.
Discay 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 3 out, challenged going well 2 out, led before last, easily, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in May beating Blazing Glen (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Rob Conti (FR) 5-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, plugged on from 3 out, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Popaway (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in May.
Norfolk Sky 7-4fav (11-4) Made all, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Ellin's Tower (10-11) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.