Bathwick Tyres EBF Stallions 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 4f
- (4-7yo, 2m 4f, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 27.27s
- Off time: 16:15:22
|1st||2 Knight Of Noir||3/1|
|2nd||1 Brother Du Berlais||6||4/1|
|3rd||3 Tidal Dance||2||15/8f|
Brother Du Berlais (FR) 170
|5||166 11-12||P F Nicholls||Mr H Derham (5)||126||4/1|
Knight Of Noir (IRE) 32
|5||162 11-8 t1||D Pipe||Nick Scholfield||3/1|
Tidal Dance (IRE) 23
|7||162 11-8||Miss V Williams||Harry Challoner (5)||133||15/8f|
Allow Dallow (IRE) 32
|7||156 11-2 t1||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||124||14/1|
Boondooma (IRE) 42
|7||156 11-2||Dr R D P Newland||D A Jacob||118||9/2|
|6||156 11-2||R Walford||Wayne Hutchinson||100/1|
|5||156 11-2||R Woollacott||D Crosse||100/1|
Hell's Spirit (IRE) 413
|6||156 11-2||David Dennis||A Freeman (5)||20/1|
Saddlers Encore (IRE) 23
|5||156 11-2||P J Hobbs||Conor Smith (7)||50/1|
Tidal Dance is the form pick here, despite coming up short back in handicap company at Warwick last time as he gained a deserved success at Towcester earlier. Allow Dallow has a bit to prove having been pulled up when odds-on at Exeter while the ex-Irish Boondooma has his first run for Richard Newland but Knight Of Noir won nicely last time, despite running green, and should have plenty more to offer. BROTHER DU BERLAIS makes his debut for the Nicholls team and races for the first time since August but fitness won't be an issue and it's interesting that he runs here under a maximum penalty as he has plenty of entries over the coming days. We'll give him a tentative vote with Harry Derham taking off 5lb.
Knight Of Noir (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) In rear, headway before 2 out, went 2nd before last, led run-in, kept on, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Cool George (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Brother Du Berlais (FR) (10-5) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f 4yo hdl gs in Aug beating Lord Of Scotland (10-12) by nk, 17 ran.
Tidal Dance (IRE) 5-4fav (12-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd from 3 out, switched left before last, close up when not much room last, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Kris Spin (11-12) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Boondooma (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Soon mid-division, 8th before 6 out, ridden along in 9th approaching straight, went moderate 3rd from 2 out, kept on well without getting to 1st 2 run-in, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Benrouge (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Allow Dallow (IRE) 4-7fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by Royal Player (11-0) at Exeter 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Castarnie 66-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, well behind 7th, 8th of 10, well behind Horizontal Speed (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan.
Genson 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 15, well behind Royal Player (11-0) at Exeter 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Hell's Spirit (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, no impression when dropped to 4th flat, 4th of 10, 13l behind Chatterbox (11-0) at Newbury 2m hdl (4) hvy in Dec '12.
Saddlers Encore (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 6f out, weakened 4f out, 8th of 13, 28l behind Battle Born (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.