Ironspine Charity Challenge 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 2, 4 runners)
- Winner £10,010 2nd £2,957 3rd £1,478 4th £739 5th £370 6th £186
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 19.50s
- Off time: 16:26:09
|1st||4 Far West||8/13f|
River Maigue (IRE) 52
|6||164 11-10||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||140||6/4|
Boss In Boots (IRE) 40
|5||156 11-2||J W Mullins||A Thornton||100/1|
Bullet Street (IRE) 97
|5||156 11-2||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||25/1|
Far West (FR) 63
|4||155 11-1||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||145||8/13f|
Balder Succes (FR)
||4||11-1||A King||R Thornton||7/4|
The four-year-old FAR WEST is three from three since arriving in this country and can complete the four-timer before heading off to Cheltenham for the Triumph Hurdle. One of his victories came in a Grade 2 and he gets 9lb from River Maigue, who ran well in similar company at Cheltenham on his hurdles bow before justifying short odds at Kempton on Boxing Day. Bullet Street only won a maiden hurdle at Limerick in November and has his first run here for Evan Williams while it will be a surprise if Boss In Boots manages to trouble the principles.
Far West (FR) 2-9fav (11-7) With leader to 1st, held up 3rd and last, left close up 2nd and sole rival 3rd, shaken up to challenge 2 out, led on bit between last 2, clear last, comfortably, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) hvy in Dec beating Handazan (11-3) by 19l, 3 ran.
River Maigue (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) Mid-divisoin, headway and in touch 5th, led before 2 out, clear last, driven out, won at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (2) hvy in Dec beating New Year's Eve (11-0) by 7l, 10 ran.
Bullet Street (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, some headway approaching 3 out and 6th entering straight, closer in 5th at last and good headway to lead run-in, kept on well, cosily, won at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl hvy in Nov beating Gentleman Duke (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, mistake 6th, headway before next, weakened 2 out, 5th of 13, 34l behind Saphir Du Rheu (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.