STP Construction 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 24.50s
- Off time: 12:40:22
|1st||4 Stellar Notion||10/11f|
|2nd||2 Another Mattie||3½||6/4|
|6||159 11-5||N W Alexander||Brian Harding||50/1|
Another Mattie (IRE) 17
|7||159 11-5 t||N W Alexander||P Buchanan||114||6/4|
Ortolan (GER) 1404
|9||159 11-5||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||110||10/1|
Stellar Notion (IRE) 33
|6||159 11-5||T R George||P J Brennan||10/11f|
River Bollin 39
|4||147 10-7||T D Easterby||D C Costello||20/1|
Winning point-to-pointer Another Mattie has always looked as though he would need further and this small field may not play to his strengths. Stablemate Allforthelove is taking a massive drop in distance as all three of his runs to date have been around three miles. STELLAR NOTION showed the benefit of an outing between the flags to land a bumper at Bangor and looks a nice type for hurdling. He may be good enough to make a winning start. River Bollin has had a couple of runs in bumpers to sharpen him up and jumping should be his game so expect some improvement. Ortolan showed some promise when last seen though that was almost four years ago.
Stellar Notion (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 5f out, challenged 3f out, led over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec beating Desoto County (11-9) by 2l, 8 ran.
Another Mattie (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, hit 5th, headway after last (normal 3 out), went 2nd 2f out, hung left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Ubaltique (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
River Bollin 12-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 13, 16l behind Lady Buttons (10-0) at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Dec.
Ortolan (GER) 6-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, steady headway after 4th, ridden approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 15, 12l behind Lord Tomnoddy (11-0) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar '10.
Allforthelove 50-1 (10-7) With leader until ridden approaching 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 10, 16l behind Masterleaderman (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.