National Festival Circus Is Here Today Novices' Hurdle (Div 1) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 10 runners)
  • Winner £4,106 2nd £1,197 3rd £599
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, watered)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 54.71s
  • Off time: 14:11:26
Full result
Result 14:10 Wetherby
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Kings Bandit 10/11f
2nd 3 Ginger Fizz 3/1
3rd 1 Smart Ruler 5 9/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 112U36
Light Blue, White triple diamond, White and Yellow diabolo on sleeves, Light Blue and Yellow quartered cap Smart Ruler (IRE) 25
  • T:James Moffatt
  • J:Craig Nichol
  • Form: 112U36
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 116
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 James Moffatt Craig Nichol (5) 116 9/2
2 4-41
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Kings Bandit (IRE) 45
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 4-41
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 160 11-6 D McCain Jnr N Fehily 10/11f
3 170/621
Royal Blue, Emerald Green epaulets, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Emerald Green diamond Ginger Fizz 24
  • T:B I Case
  • J:Kielan Woods
  • Form: 170/621
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-13ht
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 153 10-13 ht B I Case Kielan Woods (3) 3/1
4 55
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Laird Of Monksford (IRE) 52
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:A P Lane
  • Form: 55
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 153 10-13 D McCain Jnr A P Lane 33/1
5 9-
Black and white (quartered), light green sleeves, light green and white quartered cap Mcmonagle (USA) 94
  • T:A D Brown
  • J:David England
  • Form: 9-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-13t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 153 10-13 t A D Brown David England 50/1
6 97
White and royal blue diabolo, royal blue sleeves, white stars, white and royal blue quartered cap Teescomponents Max 26
  • T:K G Reveley
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: 97
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 153 10-13 K G Reveley J Reveley 22/1
7 2/57-U3
MAROON, WHITE hooped sleeves Viking Chief (IRE) 16
  • T:J Wade
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 2/57-U3
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 153 10-13 J Wade B Hughes 12/1
8 876
Emerald Green and Yellow (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Emerald Green armlets and cap Bold And Free 26
  • T:D Thompson
  • J:Tony Kelly
  • Form: 876
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 147 10-7 D Thompson Tony Kelly (3) 33/1
9 8
Dark green, white seams, dark green sleeves, white stars, white cap, dark green stars Red Joker (IRE) 26
  • T:A Crook
  • J:Ryan D Clark
  • Form: 8
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 147 10-7 A Crook Ryan D Clark (7) 80/1
10 73325
PINK and PURPLE diamonds, PINK sleeves and cap Bulas Belle 23
  • T:E W Tuer
  • J:B Harding
  • Form: 73325
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 140 10-0 E W Tuer B Harding 25/1

In depth

Verdict

Smart Ruler's double penalty for last year's victories will make things tough for him. KINGS BANDIT is also penalised for his debut win over hurdles at Ludlow in February. But the runner-up has subsequently won so the form looks solid enough and Donald McCain's charge can go in again. Ginger Fizz is another recent winner she's preferred to Newcastle third Viking Chief but Teescomponents Max is worth noting on his first start over timber.

Formwatch

Kings Bandit (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Made all, came stands side 3 out, ridden next, hit last, stayed on strongly, drew clear flat, won at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Simply A Legend (11-2) by 8l, 9 ran.

Ginger Fizz 8-1 (10-9) Tracked clear leader, challenged 2 out, soon led, edged left before last, kept on well, driven out, won at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Northern Meeting (10-5) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.

Smart Ruler (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Kudu Country (11-4) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Mar.

Viking Chief (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Held up, mistake 6th, headway after 4 out, jinked right and went 3rd 2 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Boondooma (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.

Laird Of Monksford (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 4f out, 5th of 6, 26l behind Tom Lamb (10-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.

Red Joker (IRE) 100-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened after 4 out, 8th of 17, well behind Oliver's Hill (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.

Bold And Free 100-1 (10-4) Mid-division, pushed along before 4th, never dangerous, 6th of 17, well behind Oliver's Hill (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.

Teescomponents Max 16-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 16l behind Supasundae (10-9) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.

Bulas Belle 20-1 (9-11) In rear, detached after 3rd, tailed off, 5th of 9, 50l behind Dark Dune (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.

Mcmonagle (USA) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden in 10th entering straight, no extra before last, 9th of 22, 27l behind Passage Vendome (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May '12.