Deva Racing Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 48.90s
- Off time: 14:20:40
|1st||2 Clondaw Draft||11/2|
|2nd||1 Another Hero||11||13/8f|
Another Hero (IRE) 51
|4||165 11-11||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||13/8f|
Clondaw Draft (IRE) 24
|5||159 11-5||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||116||11/2|
Ocean Club 18
|6||159 11-5||B Ellison||Craig Gallagher (7)||120||5/2|
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 55
|9||152 10-12||Mrs R Gasson||Benjamin Poste (5)||7/1|
Splash of Ginge 146
|5||152 10-12||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||8/1|
Another Hero is unbeaten under Rules, having won a couple of bumpers and twice over hurdles. But the four-year-old faces easily his toughest task to date here giving weight to Worcester winner Clondaw Draft and OCEAN CLUB. The latter didn't beat much at Cartmel last month but may well be on an upward curve and the winning pointer is taken to double his tally over timber. Winning chaser Gentleman Anshan isn't out of this and Nigel Twiston-Davies should find a race for Splash Of Ginge judged on his form in bumpers.
Clondaw Draft (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Led until 2nd, led from next, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and hung left, clear last, eased towards finish, won at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Aug beating Who Am I (10-11) by 10l, 6 ran.
Another Hero (IRE) 4-9fav (11-2) Held up in last, went 4th before 6th, closed next, challenged on bit 3 out, led before next where jumped left, went left again last, soon clear, comfortably, won at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Up To The Mark (10-12) by 5l, 5 ran.
Ocean Club 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, mistake 4th, led 4 out, clear from 2 out, very easily, won at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Swing Hard (10-12) by 39l, 5 ran.
Splash of Ginge 10-1 (11-2) Gifted clear lead, reduced advantage after 4f, quickened over 4f out, hung left 3f out, headed 2f out, one pace, 4th of 9, 8l behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-12) at Ayr 2m nhf (2) gd in Apr.
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 10th of 16, 31l behind Bobowen (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Jul.