Harry Hill Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 23.30s
- Off time: 15:11:17
|2nd||7 Phoenix Returns||2¾||20/1|
|3rd||10 Calculated Risk||6||7/2|
Unique De Cotte (FR) 12
|5||164 11-10||D Pipe||A P McCoy||11/10f|
Blakemans Law 47
|5||157 11-3||S Corbett||Gary Rutherford (5)||100/1|
Border Phoenix 103
|6||157 11-3||Miss S E Forster||A P Lane||40/1|
Grey Command (USA) 19
|8||157 11-3||P A Kirby||R McGrath||33/1|
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 34
|5||157 11-3||G A Swinbank||Joe Colliver (7)||20/1|
Rhymers Stone 32
|5||157 11-3||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Craig Nichol (7)||33/1|
The Bold Lord (IRE) 34
|5||157 11-3||G A Swinbank||F Davis||22/1|
Calculated Risk 7
|4||154 11-0||J J Quinn||D C Costello||7/2|
|4||154 11-0 h||B Ellison||Danny Cook||125||9/4|
Star Kingdom (IRE) 13
|4||147 10-7||B Ellison||J Reveley||33/1|
||7||113||G A Charlton||Alistair Findlay||NR|
||5||113||A M Thomson||Ryan Mania||NR|
||4||10-7||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||4/6|
CALCULATED RISK was strongly fancied for a Class 2 juvenile hurdle at Huntingdon last week after winning easily on his debut at Doncaster but made mistakes and never got near the leaders. The softer ground here will help and he can gain compensation at the main expense of French import Unique De Cotte, who'll be all the better for his third at Ffos Las but is conceding weight all round. Totalize won at Musselburgh after chasing home Ruacana at Catterick and should also be thereabouts but it's difficult to make a serious case for any of the others.
Ballyvoque (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened from over 1f out, 14th of 17, 27l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Chandos (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Ifyouletmefinish (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '12.
Totalize 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, challenged 2 out, ridden and every chance flat, stayed on to lead post, won at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Blades Lad (10-9) by ns, 7 ran.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went poor 3rd 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 11, 22l behind Counsel (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Calculated Risk 9-2 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped left 2nd, lost place when mistake 5th, plugging on when left 5th and not fluent 2 out, no chance with leaders, 5th of 12, 27l behind Chris Pea Green (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs.
Unique De Cotte (FR) 12-1 (11-10) Held up in mid-division on outside, headway approaching 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd inside final 150 yards, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
The Bold Lord (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Made most, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace in 3rd, no chance with front pair from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 23l behind Legacy Gold (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Star Kingdom (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 30l behind Hidden Justice (11-5) at Catterick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft.
Rhymers Stone 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along when nnot fluent 5th, headway approaching 2 out, mistake and weakened last, 8th of 13, 32l behind Duke Of Navan (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Grey Command (USA) 16-1 (10-13) Mid division, ridden 3 out, not troubled leaders, 4th of 10, 37l behind Special Catch (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Border Phoenix 20-1 (11-6) Held up, headway 7f out, weakened over 2f out, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Rhymers Stone (10-13) at Ayr 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) sft in Nov.
Blakemans Law 125-1 (10-7) Disputed 2nd behind clear leader, lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up 7th, in a race won by Forty Crown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 13 ran.