At The Races Virgin 534 Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,509 2nd £1,030 3rd £515 4th £258
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 56.30s
- Off time: 14:11:01
|2nd||6 My Direction||nk||5/1|
Supreme Present 27
|6||166 11-12 t||K C Bailey||A P McCoy||145||3/10f|
Karl Marx (IRE) 15
|4||157 11-3 b||Mark Gillard||Gary Derwin (7)||98||33/1|
Collodi (GER) 165
|5||152 10-12||D G Bridgwater||T Scudamore||8/1|
Minella Web (IRE) 22
|5||152 10-12||R Woollacott||C O'Farrell||33/1|
|4||150 10-10 t||C J Gray||Ian Popham||100/1|
My Direction 303
|4||150 10-10||J P Ferguson||Jack Quinlan (3)||5/1|
Calverleigh Court (IRE) 20
|7||145 10-5||Mrs K M Sanderson||Conor Smith (7)||100/1|
||6||11-5||Jim Best||A P McCoy||4/6|
Supreme Present (3/10), My Direction (5/1), Collodi (8/1), Karl Marx (33/1), Minella Web (33/1), Calverleigh Court (100/1), Leviche (100/1)
SUPREME PRESENT will likely start odds-on on the back of a hat-trick of hurdle victories. He carries a double penalty but won as he liked at Stratford last time and has nothing to fear from the others with experience over hurdles. Karl Marx has won a seller over timber and Minella Web is a point-to-point winner, but hurdling debutant My Direction may prove a bigger threat having placed in both starts on the all-weather last year.
Collodi (GER) 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final 50 yards, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Just One Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan (flat).
My Direction 11-4 (9-5) Led after 1f, headed over 2f out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Hamelin (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep (flat).
Supreme Present 10-11fav (11-12) Made all, clear after 2 out, easily, won at Stratford 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Jun beating Western Diva (11-5) by 15l, 11 ran.
Minella Web (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Mid-division, slow 3rd, under pressure 4th, headway 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 24l behind Paloma's Prince (10-4) at Worcester 2m cond mdn hdle (4) gf in Jun.
Calverleigh Court (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) With leader, led 2nd, not fluent and headed 5th, not fluent 7th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Kalmbeforethestorm (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Karl Marx (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place before 2 out, 8th of 12, 20l behind Sureness (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Leviche 100-1 (10-9) Well off the pace in rear, tailed off 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Rolling Maul (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.