Geoff Carr Memorial Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 4.40s
- Off time: 20:45:29
|1st||2 Vesperal Dream||4/1|
|2nd||8 No Substitute||1¼||7/2|
|3rd||4 Apachee Prince||nse||14/1|
Cape York 30
|6||159 11-5||J M Jefferson||B Hughes||118||4/1|
Vesperal Dream (FR) 23
|5||159 11-5 p1||P F Nicholls||S Twiston-Davies||123||4/1|
|6||152 10-12||W Kinsey||D C Costello||11/1|
Apachee Prince (IRE) 19
|5||152 10-12||A C Whillans||E Whillans (3)||14/1|
Daring Indian 41
|6||152 10-12 t1||G McPherson||Paul Moloney||25/1|
Man In Black (FR) 22
|5||152 10-12||P A Kirby||K James (3)||20/1|
Mawaqeet (USA) 37
|5||152 10-12 b||D McCain Jnr||A P McCoy||9/4f|
No Substitute (IRE) 28
|9||152 10-12||A King||R Johnson||120||7/2|
||6||10-12||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||10/3|
Vesperal Dream justified short odds at Newton Abbot last month but has already been chasing and his future lies over the larger obstacles. No Substitute is probably having a confidence-booster but Cape York didn't appear to stay 3m at Uttoxeter and might do better back over this shorter trip while Allbarnone didn't far badly on his hurdling debut at Wetherby when ahead of Man In Black. MAWAQEET has the build of a jumper but ran well in some hot staying handicaps on the Flat last year. He can make a winning debut over timber with McCoy doing the steering.
Vesperal Dream (FR) 8-13fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd before 7th, not fluent next, challenged normal 2 out, led before omitted last, idled, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May beating Lexicon Lad (10-12) by 4l, 7 ran.
No Substitute (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, fell 3rd, in a race won by Titchwood (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May, 6 ran.
Apachee Prince (IRE) 17-2 (10-9) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, never on terms, weakened last, 6th of 13, 31l behind Mister Spingsprong (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Allbarnone 5-1 (10-12) Held up, pecked 1st, headway 4 out, chased winner 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Alderbrook Lad (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Mawaqeet (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Reluctant to go in stalls, slowly into stride, always towards rear, never dangerous, 11th of 17, 16l behind Suegioo (9-4) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in May (flat).
Cape York 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner before 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 4th of 7, 11l behind Tsar Alexandre (10-13) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Daring Indian 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Civil War (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May (flat).
Man In Black (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression next, 4th of 8, 22l behind Alderbrook Lad (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.