Lycetts Insurance Brokers Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 43.80s
- Off time: 18:05:50
|1st||5 Church Field||1/2f|
|3rd||3 Bob's Legend||2½||16/1|
Kayalar (IRE) 13
|5||166 11-12||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||104||7/1|
|4||166 11-12 t||S Durack||C O'Farrell||108||16/1|
Bob's Legend (IRE) 22
|7||160 11-6||M R Bosley||S Twiston-Davies||98||16/1|
Fairy Alisha 23
|5||157 11-3||T Wall||Josh Wall (7)||95||14/1|
Church Field (IRE) (ex7) 7
|5||154 11-0||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||85||1/2f|
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 17
|5||153 10-13 v||P D Evans||Aidan Coleman||91||7/1|
Blewit (IRE) 26
|5||153 10-13||W Kinsey||Harry Challoner (5)||91||12/1|
Duneen Dream (USA) 243
|8||140 10-0||Mrs N S Evans||R T Dunne (3)||78||50/1|
Sporting Boy (IRE)
||4||11-6||M Blake||Nick Scholfield||9/2|
CHURCH FIELD opened his account over timber with victory at Newton Abbot a week ago. He looks up to defying a 7lb penalty with AP McCoy taking over the reins today. Bob's Legend has a shout on October's sixth over track and trip given he's slipped 8lb down the weights since then and Kayalar's best effort so far came over these obstacles in a maiden race. Eightfold finished third here last season but Fairy Alisha has the more recent form with a placed effort at Towcester while Honey Of A Kitten will need to step up on his previous efforts over hurdles to figure.
Church Field (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, led last, kept on strongly, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf beating Twyford (11-6) by 5l, 11 ran.
Eightfold 12-1 (10-8) In rear, struggling after 6th, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 38l behind Red Courtier (11-0) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Bob's Legend (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Took keen hold in rear, not fluent 6th, well beaten after 3 out, 13th of 15, 48l behind Castlemorris King (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Apr.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 9-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, one pace, 6th of 13, 9l behind Acapulco Bay (10-5) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in May '12.
Kayalar (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Prominent, jumped left 2nd, every chance 3 out, one pace flat, 5th of 15, 11l behind Utopian (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Duneen Dream (USA) 100-1 (10-12) Led to 7th, soon weakened, 6th of 10, well behind Billy Merriott (10-9) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May '12.
Fairy Alisha 14-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Weather Babe (11-4) at Towcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Blewit (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place when not fluent 6th, well beaten after 8th, 11th of 16, 42l behind Signed Request (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.