Molson Coors Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 20.50s
- Off time: 16:40:44
|1st||1 Andy Kelly||4/6f|
|3rd||5 Generous Helpings||nk||14/1|
Andy Kelly (IRE) 35
|5||162 11-8||Miss E C Lavelle||Richie O'Dea (10)||130||4/6f|
|5||162 11-8||W Greatrex||G Sheehan (3)||121||4/1|
Blue Bear (IRE) 117
|5||156 11-2||Mrs D Grissell||M Goldstein||33/1|
Couldhavehaditall (IRE) 27
|6||156 11-2||P R Webber||D F O'Regan||12/1|
Generous Helpings (IRE)
|5||156 11-2||G L Moore||Joshua Moore||14/1|
Lemony Bay 76
|5||156 11-2||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||123||6/1|
Road To Freedom 24
|5||156 11-2||Mrs L Wadham||T J O'Brien||33/1|
Royal Ripple (IRE) 43
|6||156 11-2||P Henderson||Mr G Branton (7)||50/1|
Withoutdefavourite (IRE) 15
|6||156 11-2||Henry Oliver||J M Davies||50/1|
||6||112||A King||R Thornton||WD|
||5||11-1||A King||Wayne Hutchinson||13/2|
Andy Kelly should go well back against novices and makes more appeal than Masquerade, who was a little disappointing at Sedgefield last time. Couldhavehaditall hasn't progressed as expected and Lemony Bay was well beaten stepped up in trip at Doncaster, though had finished second to a useful novice over 2m1f on Town Moor earlier. NED STARK hasn't raced since finishing second to Mosspark at Exeter in November but the winner went on to land a Listed race at Huntingdon before contesting the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham earlier this week and Alan King's six-year-old should go one better here getting 6lb from the two previous winners.
Ned Stark (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in touch on inside, not fluent 2nd, switched left before 3 out, every chance when not fluent next, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 17, 2l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Andy Kelly (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Edgy in prelims, prominent, led after 2nd until after 5th, chased leaders, every chance 3 out, soon pushed along, hung left and no extra approaching 2 out, 5th and beaten when fell last, in a race won by Upswing (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Withoutdefavourite (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, hit 5th, tailed off when went left 2 out, 8th of 13, well behind Big Hands Harry (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Generous Helpings (IRE) Generous gelding out of Saffron Pride.
Royal Ripple (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 6l behind Clondaw Banker (10-13) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Masquerade 5-2 (11-11) Led, headed last, ridden and no extra run-in, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Getabuzz (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Lemony Bay 5-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led 4th hampered by loose horse next, headed approaching 3 out, mistake 3 out, weakened before next, 14th of 21, 49l behind Oscar Hoof (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Road To Freedom 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 19l behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-6) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Blue Bear (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, left poor 4th next, 4th of 7, 24l behind Wither Yenot (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Couldhavehaditall (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Raced wide chasing leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 12th of 15, 24l behind Presenting Arms (10-9) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.