Country Farm And Seafood Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £2,534 2nd £744 3rd £372 4th £186
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 22.90s
- Off time: 13:42:04
|1st||5 De Blacksmith||8/1|
|3rd||6 One For The Boss||26||6/1|
|9||152 10-12 t||Mrs K A Buckett||M D Grant||22/1|
Breaking Bits (IRE) 61
|5||152 10-12||Jamie Snowden||T J O'Brien||3/1|
Captain Bellamy (USA) 46
|4||152 10-12||H Morrison||A P McCoy||10/3|
Cloudy Start 106
|6||152 10-12||Violet Jordan||W T Kennedy||25/1|
De Blacksmith (IRE) 28
|4||152 10-12||G L Moore||J E Moore||8/1|
One For The Boss (IRE) 38
|5||152 10-12||B G Powell||N D Fehily||6/1|
|4||152 10-12||A W Carroll||Mr J Hamer (7)||11/4f|
Push To Exit 12
|4||152 10-12||Mrs Caroline Keevil||James Best (5)||66/1|
Vering (FR) 265
|6||152 10-12||L Corcoran||Mr W Potter (7)||50/1|
Lets Get Serious (IRE)
||5||10-12||N J Henderson||A P McCoy||5/4|
Captain Bellamy won four times on the Fibresand but it remains to be seen how he'll take to hurdles, though the booking of the champ is a positive sign. Cloudy Start also won several times on the Flat but has his first start for Violet Jordan and winning pointer Bellosguardo is best watched back over hurdles after a lay-off. PAHENTE was probably a little flattered by his third to Close Touch at Ascot but he was in good form on the Polytrack during the summer and a repeat of that first run over timber would probably suffice here. Breaking Bits was second in Tramore bumper in October and may be best of the rest.
De Blacksmith (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leader until approaching 4th, weakened on long run to 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 34l behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Pahente 100-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, hit 4th, lost place after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd close home, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Close Touch (11-5) at Ascot 2m hdl (3) sft in Nov.
One For The Boss (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 10, 26l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Bellosguardo 13-2 (12-0) (tt) led 10-13; rdn to ld 3 out; ro wl, won at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in May beating Hope Sound (12-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Vering (FR) 50-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 4 out, 6th of 9, 30l behind Leath Acra Mor (11-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Push To Exit 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Cloudy Start 12-1 (9-9) Not much room start, held up in last and behind early, headway over 6f out, challenged over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 5th of 11, 25l behind Hi Note (8-13) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug (flat).
Captain Bellamy (USA) 7-1 (9-10) Led narrowly, driven and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, well behind Tijori (8-8) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) hvy in Oct (flat).
Breaking Bits (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Waited with, 7th 6f out, 4th over 3f out, ridden to chase winner final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Tabac Brun (11-7) at Tramore 2m N H flat sft in Oct.