Bet totescoop6 Text Tote To 89660 E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m
- (4-6yo, 2m, Class 3, 14 runners)
- Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 45.20s
- Off time: 12:36:01
|1st||8 Kings Lad||5/1|
|2nd||1 Mr Mole||7||2/7f|
Mr Mole (IRE) 18
|4||158 11-4||P F Nicholls||A P McCoy||2/7f|
Bold Raider (IRE)
|5||152 10-12||Jonjo O'Neill||W Kennedy||50/1|
Classic Case (IRE) 14
|5||152 10-12||Ian Williams||P J Brennan||66/1|
Generous John 25
|4||152 10-12||A Middleton||James Banks (7)||100/1|
Go Limpopo 23
|6||152 10-12 t1||P J Hobbs||M G Nolan (5)||50/1|
Jojabean (IRE) 178
|5||152 10-12||A King||R Thornton||8/1|
Kap Gun (FR)
|4||152 10-12||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||12/1|
Kings Lad (IRE) 164
|5||152 10-12||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||5/1|
Old Pals Act (IRE) 43
|4||152 10-12||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||66/1|
Pinkneys Prince 394
|5||152 10-12||Nick Williams||M J Quinlan (3)||50/1|
Presenting Arms (IRE) 13
|5||152 10-12||H Fry||N Fehily||25/1|
Whispering Bob (IRE) 183
|5||152 10-12||Ian Williams||Harry Skelton||50/1|
Zava River (IRE) 13
|5||152 10-12||Jamie Snowden||D A Jacob||100/1|
Uimhir A Seacht (IRE) 13
|5||145 10-5||N P Mulholland||D C Costello||100/1|
||4||10-12||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||8/13|
This is usually won by a decent novice and MR MOLE fits the bill this year. He was always going well when making a winning debut over hurdles at Exeter and the second there, Melodic Rendezvous, is held in high regard. Kings Lad was second over C&D in May before falling when odds-on at Newton Abbot. He should make the frame again with a clear round while Jojabean was third on his hurdles bow at Fontwell and should be stronger with another summer on his back. The others have a bit to prove though it looks like Old Pals Act is Jonjo O'Neill's first choice ahead of newcomer Bold Raider.
Kings Lad (IRE) 4-6fav (10-12) Took keen hold, close up, went 2nd after 6th, challenged and blundered 3 out, slight before next, narrowly headed but every chance when fell last, in a race won by Wiffy Chatsby (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gf in May, 9 ran.
Mr Mole (IRE) 6-4 (10-12) Mistake 1st, tracked leaders, challenged going well on outside 3 out, led on bit between last 2, went left last, pushed out flat, readily, won at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Melodic Rendezvous (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Jojabean (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up, headway approaching 4th, ridden when not fluent 2 out, one pace last, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Pippa Greene (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in May.
Presenting Arms (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, outpaced 2 out, plugged on flat, 5th of 13, 11l behind Kings Flagship (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Kap Gun (FR) Kapgarde gelding out of Aubisquinette.
Pinkneys Prince 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway 3 out, no extra last, 4th of 10, 15l behind Gallox Bridge (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gf in Oct '11.
Old Pals Act (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 8f out, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 11, 31l behind Pure Style (10-11) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep.
Go Limpopo 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened from 8th, 8th of 10, well behind Provo (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Bold Raider (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Dato Fairy.
Classic Case (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up in 5th, not fluent 1st, outpaced last (usual 4 out), no chance with leaders on long flat, 6th of 7, well behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Zava River (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Close up in 5th, pushed along before 2 out, weakened between last 2, 8th of 13, 17l behind Kings Flagship (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Uimhir A Seacht (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Chased winner until after 3 out, chased leaders until weakened before next, 11th of 13, 22l behind Kings Flagship (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Whispering Bob (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, headway over 7f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Wintered Well (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in May.
Generous John 66-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, well beaten final 4f, 11th of 12, 44l behind Empiracle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.