Betfair Funds The PJA Doctor 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 5, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 45.34s
- Off time: 13:00:18
|2nd||6 Liberty Court||¾||11/2|
Ballycassel (IRE) 39
|7||154 11-0||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||119||13/2|
Ballymacahillcross (IRE) 49
|4||154 11-0||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||8/1|
Brass Monkey (IRE) 36
|5||154 11-0||Mrs S J Humphrey||Jack Doyle||66/1|
Ericht (IRE) 240
|6||154 11-0||N J Henderson||Gary Derwin (10)||127||4/6f|
Go Set Go 269
|5||154 11-0||J M P Eustace||Jack Quinlan (3)||110||40/1|
Liberty Court (IRE) 24
|5||154 11-0||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||11/2|
Riddlestown (IRE) 195
|5||154 11-0||C Fryer||Harry Skelton||33/1|
Shuh Shuh Gah (IRE) 17
|5||154 11-0||D G Bridgwater||T J Phelan||18/1|
Wave Breaker (IRE) 232
|5||154 11-0||C Fryer||Bridget Andrews (7)||150/1|
Whatsupjack (IRE) 288
|5||154 11-0||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||22/1|
ERICHT lost his form at the end of last season but is a cut above these at his best. A conditional's 10lb claim makes his job even easier on his comeback and Nicky Henderson's charge gets the vote. Ballycassel went close at Ludlow in May and will have come on for his recent reappearance but still has plenty to find with the selection as do Go Set Go and Shuh Shuh Gah. Liberty Court and Ballymacahillcross are less exposed with the former making most appeal of that pair on his hurdling debut.
Ericht (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, 18th of 21, well behind Lifestyle (11-2) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Liberty Court (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Just Cameron (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Whatsupjack (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 7f out, chased leadrs 5f out, weakened under pressure 2f out, soon eased, tailed off, 8th of 11, 50l behind Utopian (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Ballymacahillcross (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge after 3 out, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 8l behind Regal One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Go Set Go 6-1 (11-3) Raced wide, in rear, reminders after 5th, some headway 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 25l behind Wom (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Mar.
Riddlestown (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 5th approaching 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 12l behind Rising Euro (11-11) at Ballinrobe 2m N H flat gf in May.
Shuh Shuh Gah (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Fell 1st, in a race won by Many Clouds (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Brass Monkey (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Always behind, slow 6th, soon beaten, 8th of 10, well behind Brassick (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Ballycassel (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 9, 19l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Wave Breaker (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) in a race won by Baltic Blue (11-7) at Fakenham Points 3m ptp gs in Apr, 8 ran.