Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 10 runners)
  • Winner £5,393 2nd £1,584 3rd £792 4th £396
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 39.12s
  • Off time: 16:10:15
Full result
Result 16:10 Worcester
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 First Avenue 25/1
2nd 1 For Two 1 2/1f
3rd 7 Stiff Upper Lip ¾ 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 122/346-
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap For Two (FR) 28
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 122/346-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-12t
  • OR: 126
  • Naps:
5 166 11-12 t P F Nicholls S Twiston-Davies 126 2/1f
2 1182P0-
Emerald green, beige sleeves Cinevator (IRE) 179
  • T:Mrs Caroline Keevil
  • J:James Best
  • Form: 1182P0-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-11p
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 165 11-11 p Mrs Caroline Keevil James Best (3) 125 25/1
3 P/P806-6
Black, red braces, red cap First Avenue 12
  • T:Mrs L J Mongan
  • J:Tom Cannon
  • Form: P/P806-6
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
9 165 11-11 Mrs L J Mongan Tom Cannon 125 25/1
5 5130/4-
Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Angelot Du Berlais (FR) 81
  • T:Dr R D P Newland
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 5130/4-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
5 164 11-10 Dr R D P Newland T J O'Brien 124 16/1
6 21/U655-
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Get Back In Line (IRE) 23
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 21/U655-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 121
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 121 9/4
7 41619-
Yellow and light blue stripes, yellow sleeves, light blue stars, yellow cap, light blue stars Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 18
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:L P Aspell
  • Form: 41619-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 121
  • Naps:
4 156 11-2 O Sherwood L P Aspell 121 5/1
8 13305/P
Dark Blue and Yellow (quartered), Purple sleeves, Emerald Green cap Fade To Grey (IRE) 7
  • T:S Lycett
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 13305/P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-1t
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
10 155 11-1 t S Lycett D Elsworth 115 50/1
9 02/3254-
BLACK, WHITE cross belts, WHITE sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap Balzaccio (FR) 23
  • T:F M O'Brien
  • J:Conor Shoemark
  • Form: 02/3254-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 114
  • Naps:
9 154 11-0 F M O'Brien Conor Shoemark (5) 114 12/1
10 9U599-0
Light green, yellow chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Quaddick Lake (IRE) 13
  • T:R Woollacott
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 9U599-0
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
11 150 10-10 R Woollacott C O'Farrell 110 16/1
12 220000-
Grey and Light Blue stripes, Grey sleeves and cap Georgian King 29
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Ian Popham
  • Form: 220000-
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-5
  • OR: 105
  • Naps:
11 145 10-5 M Keighley Ian Popham 105 20/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
4 1/5F0-2
Ainsi Fideles (FR) 12
  • Nag Me
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 1/5F0-2
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-10pt
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
4 1110 pt D Pipe T Scudamore 129 NR
11 521516-
My Lord 49
  • Nag Me
  • Course Winner
  • T:L A Dace
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: 521516-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 108
  • Naps:
6 108 L A Dace L Treadwell 108 NR

In depth

Verdict

The four-year-old Ainsi Fideles looked ready to win soon when chasing home Castlemorris King at Fontwell but could have done without a 3lb rise. My Lord has been busy on Polytrack and won over the minimum trip here in September but Balzaccio hasn't won since 2011. STIFF UPPER LIP landed a novice hurdle at Towcester last month and was entered in a much better race than this at Sandown a week later. He didn't run badly despite finishing in mid-division and this looks easier so he can return to winning ways. Get Back In Line looks a threat as he was highly tried after his Catterick maiden success, though he's been a beaten favourite on his last two starts. For Two, a hurdles winner in France, has been running in tougher races than this for Paul Nicholls though looks to have enough weight.

Formwatch

Ainsi Fideles (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, rallied last, went 2nd flat, stayed on, unbale to trouble winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Castlemorris King (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.

My Lord 7-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, hampered 3rd, headway when not fluent next, not fluent and lost place 5th, well beaten from 3 out, 6th of 8, 38l behind Hi Tide (11-2) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.

First Avenue 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outside, led 6th until 3 out, jumped right and cannoned into 2 out, lost place last, 6th of 9, 16l behind Castlemorris King (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.

For Two (FR) 9-2fav (11-6) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 2 out, soon no impression, stayed on flat, not able to get on terms, 6th of 13, 10l behind Franciscan (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 1f amt hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Apr.

Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th or 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 8l behind Dispour (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.

Fade To Grey (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Rider anticipated false start and pulled out of race as tapes rose, in a race won by Colebrooke (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf, 13 ran.

Balzaccio (FR) 11-8fav (11-0) Close 3rd, challenged 9th, blundered 15th, ridden 3 out, no impression on winner, 4th and well beaten from next, 4th of 5, 20l behind Flaming Gorge (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.

Get Back In Line (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) In rear, jumped left first, ridden 2 out, jumped left at last, never on terms, 5th of 7, 12l behind Gifted Leader (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.

Quaddick Lake (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) Took keen hold and held up in last pair, driven and struggling 4th (normal 4 out), tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Vinnie My Boy (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.

Georgian King 33-1 (9-13) Disputed lead to 4 out, weakened from next, 10th of 17, 30l behind Billy Dutton (11-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.

Cinevator (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) With leaders, lost place 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 17, well behind Return Spring (9-13) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Nov.

Angelot Du Berlais (FR) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 8, 19l behind Yorkist (10-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.