David Merry Farrier Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 18.70s
- Off time: 13:55:54
|2nd||1 Rainbow Peak||nse||4/11f|
|3rd||5 Lord Usher||20||14/1|
Rainbow Peak (IRE) 20
|8||164 11-10||J P Ferguson||D F O'Regan||4/11f|
Roc De Prince 67
|5||164 11-10 t||J Ewart||B Hughes||20/1|
Island Heights (IRE) 23
|5||157 11-3||Miss Lucinda V Russell||K Renwick||33/1|
Landecker (IRE) 41
|6||157 11-3||N W Alexander||Lucy Alexander||50/1|
Lord Usher (IRE) 46
|7||157 11-3||G A Charlton||Jan Faltejsek||14/1|
Master Red (IRE) 75
|5||157 11-3||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||3/1|
Spitz (FR) 117
|6||157 11-3 h||Mrs R Dobbin||Brian Harding||20/1|
Westend Theatre (IRE) 85
|5||157 11-3||Mrs J Walton||Alistair Findlay (7)||66/1|
Pennine Josie 35
|5||150 10-10||James Moffatt||Tony Kelly (3)||100/1|
|5||150 10-10||James Moffatt||Jonathan England (3)||100/1|
Apterix (FR) 18
|4||147 10-7||B Ellison||J Reveley||16/1|
Great Demeanor (USA) 13
|4||147 10-7||Mrs Dianne Sayer||Ryan Mania||66/1|
||4||11-0||B Ellison||Danny Cook||9/4|
RAINBOW PEAK is only the second runner John Ferguson has had at Kelso and he should make no mistake, despite a penalty. The formerly classy stayer on the Flat pulled for his head over 2m4f at Doncaster last time but still had far too much pace for the well-backed Call Me Vic and it was 16 lengths back to the third. Master Red is on a retrieval mission having fallen when in front at Bangor in November. He may be the danger as Aintree scorer Roc De Prince was well beaten over this course and distance in December. Spitz has a future, however, and Lord Usher will be interesting when his attentions are turned to fences.
Landecker (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up behind, headway after 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 9th of 12, 32l behind Rockabilly Riot (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Rainbow Peak (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan beating Call Me Vic (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 17 ran.
Lord Usher (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 7th, every chance when not fluent 2 out, staying on same pace when not fluent last, 4th of 10, 7l behind Masterleaderman (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Island Heights (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, chased leaders after 4 out, never on terms, weakened 2 out, 9th of 14, 40l behind Tiqris (11-4) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Spitz (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden in 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Plan Again (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Apterix (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened and lost 3rd place run-in, 4th of 6, 17l behind Royal Supreme (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Pennine Josie 100-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, tailed off before 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Yorkist (11-5) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Westend Theatre (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, not fluent and lost place 3 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 5th of 7, 38l behind Our Boy Ben (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.
Roc De Prince 7-2fav (11-5) Led, ridden and hit 2 out, headed before last, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 20l behind Tough Trade (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Zuileka 100-1 (10-4) Led, headed 5f out, lost place 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 32l behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-1) at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Great Demeanor (USA) 33-1 (10-12) Led, blundered 3 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 43l behind Aalim (11-5) at Catterick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Master Red (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Led, hit 3rd, 2 lengthes clear when fell 2 out, in a race won by Key To The West (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 5 ran.