National Festival Circus Is Here Today Novices' Hurdle (Div 2) 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £4,106 2nd £1,197 3rd £599
- Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 54.55s
- Off time: 14:41:18
|1st||2 Master Red||15/8f|
|2nd||1 Fantasy King||8||7/2|
Fantasy King 33
|8||160 11-6||James Moffatt||B Hughes||120||7/2|
Master Red (IRE) 29
|5||160 11-6||D McCain Jnr||N D Fehily||128||15/8f|
Dibdabs (IRE) 67
|6||153 10-13 ht||M A Barnes||Daragh Bourke (7)||40/1|
Silver Vogue 16
|6||153 10-13||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||20/1|
Verdasco (FR) 71
|5||153 10-13||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||50/1|
Verko (FR) 57
|5||153 10-13||Micky Hammond||Craig Nichol (5)||40/1|
|4||147 10-7||Jedd O'Keeffe||B Harding||6/1|
Woodstock (IRE) 206
|4||147 10-7||Mrs A Hamilton||K Renwick||25/1|
|4||147 10-7 p1||S Gollings||D F O'Regan||122||3/1|
The McCain yard had a good chance of picking up the first division of this contest and will be looking for a quick double with Master Red. He's a leading contender on his recent win at Newcastle but third-placed ANEEDH is weighted to turn the tables. The latter was beaten only a length and has plenty of scope for improvement. Zamoyski never figured in a handicap at Ascot last time but has decent claims on his earlier placed efforts and so does Fantasy King, a winner at Navan when trained in Ireland last year.
Master Red (IRE) 5-6fav (11-1) Led to 2nd, chased leaders, led before last, headed narrowly run-in, rallied to regain lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Ride The Range (10-8) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Fantasy King 150-1 (11-7) Always behind, last of 18, 42l behind Vautour (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.
Aneedh 6-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear and keen, headway before 3 out to chase leaders, led narrowly run-in, soon headed, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Master Red (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Zamoyski 11-2 (11-5) Led until after 2nd, remained prominent, blundered 4 out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 42l behind Raven's Tower (11-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Dibdabs (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, blundered 3rd, never dangerous, soon tailled and pulled up, in a race won by Mohawk Ridge (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Silver Vogue 10-1 (11-1) Led until after 1st, chased winner until 6th, well held before 3 out, 5th of 7, 20l behind Boondooma (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Verko (FR) Evens (12-2) Chsd ldrs, 4th aftr a mile, dropped last 4out & mstk 3out, to 5th bef last, 5th of 9, 25l behind Winged Express (12-2) at Tallow 3m ire ptp in Feb.
Woodstock (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, soon lost place and behind, tailed off, last of 14, 44l behind Calculated Risk (9-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep (flat).
Verdasco (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, lost place 4f out, soon behind, 10th of 11, 31l behind Relic Rock (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.