Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £14,238 2nd £5,342 3rd £2,675 4th £1,332 5th £670 6th £335
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country G/S,Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 28.10s
  • Off time: 14:27:28
Full result
Result 14:25 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Dodging Bullets 5/4f
2nd 8 River Maigue 4/1
3rd 1 Court Minstrel 6/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 3/1214-1
Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Court Minstrel (IRE) 28
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 3/1214-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 6/1
2 246-1
Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 27
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 246-1
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
4 161 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 150 5/4f
3 24-113
YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Magic Spear (IRE) 58
  • T:C A Murphy
  • J:R M Power
  • Form: 24-113
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 C A Murphy R M Power 20/1
4 2-11081
Yellow, purple hoops, yellow sleeves, purple cap Run With The Wind (IRE) 33
  • T:M Hourigan
  • J:Timmy Murphy
  • Form: 2-11081
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 M Hourigan Timmy Murphy 131 12/1
5 44221U
ROYAL BLUE, red sleeves, royal blue cap, red star Ted Dolly (IRE) 53
  • T:E U Hales
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 44221U
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 116
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 E U Hales R Thornton 116 100/1
6 23-1
Red, large white spots, white sleeves, red spots, white cap Duke Of Navan (IRE) 21
  • T:N G Richards
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 23-1
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 N G Richards D N Russell 25/1
7 1
Dark Blue, Pink Cross of Lorraine and cap Tominator 18
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 4/1
8 131-
White, black cap River Maigue (IRE) 209
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 131-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 4/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Steps To Freedom (IRE)
  • T:Mrs J Harrington
  • J:R M Power
5 11-7 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 11/8
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In depth

Formwatch

Dodging Bullets 10-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, niggled along briefly 5th, went 2nd after 2 out, led last, ridden clear, won at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Oct beating Hi Note (10-5) by 8l, 5 ran.

River Maigue (IRE) 10-11fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, led entering final furlong, soon ridden, held on well towards finish, won at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr beating Master Malt (10-8) by 1l, 13 ran.

Court Minstrel (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside going strongly after 5th, close 3rd when not clear run after 2 out, challenged last, soon led, quickened away final 150 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gs in Oct beating The Romford Pele (11-0) by 4l, 12 ran.

Duke Of Navan (IRE) 11-8 (10-12) Tracked leaders, smooth headway and close up 3 out, led on bit next, clear last, eased flat, very easily, won at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Herostatus (10-12) by 10l, 10 ran.

Run With The Wind (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, took closer order from 3 out, led after 2 out, driven out and ran on well from before last, easily, won at Listowel 2m nh nov hdl hvy in Sep beating Darwins Theory (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.

Magic Spear (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Waited with last of the 5, 4th from 5 out, plenty to do approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Whatever Jacksays (11-10) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Sep.

Tominator 1-2fav (10-12) Held up, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5th, challenged after 3 out, led 2 out, clear last, easily, won at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Harris Garden (10-12) by 12l, 10 ran.

Ted Dolly (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, close enough in 6th when mistake and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Special Tiara (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs sft in Sep, 14 ran.