J H Builders 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 25.90s
- Off time: 13:15:14
|1st||6 Knock House||10/11f|
|3rd||8 Sky Watch||9||5/1|
Amazing Scenes (IRE) 17
|4||152 10-12||B G Powell||Brendan Powell||50/1|
Auld Sthock (IRE) 28
|5||152 10-12||G L Moore||J E Moore||117||4/1|
Bonds Conquest 33
|4||152 10-12||J W Mullins||A Thornton||100/1|
Forrardon Xmoor 18
|4||152 10-12||J Westwood||W Kennedy||66/1|
Knock House (IRE) 24
|4||152 10-12||M R Channon||D Elsworth||10/11f|
Marcilhac (FR) 179
|4||152 10-12||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||6/1|
Sky Watch (IRE) 22
|6||152 10-12||W Greatrex||G Sheehan (3)||121||5/1|
|5||152 10-12||M Roberts||T Siddall||66/1|
|5||152 10-12||Mrs D Grissell||S Thomas||50/1|
She's Noble 294
|6||145 10-5||Miss S Smith||P J Brennan||20/1|
||4||1012||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||NR|
Ace Fighter Pilot
||6||11-5||Jim Best||J E Moore||11/8|
Call The Cops will need to jump better than he did at Southwell to get off the mark over hurdles here and we'll take him on with SKY WATCH. The latter couldn't match the speed of Doctor Harper at Exeter on his reappearance but the extra yardage here should help and the winner wasn't disgraced in a better race at Cheltenham on Saturday. Auld Sthock was third in a handicap over track and trip four weeks ago but may lack the scope of his likely market rivals. There is more to come from Ascot third Knock House, however, and Marcihac was second in a Listed chase at Auteuil in the spring.
Call The Cops (IRE) 7-4fav (10-9) Mistake 1st, not fluent next, tracked leaders, lost place 4th, outpaced 3 out, headway under pressure before next, 3rd and ridden between last 2, stayed on one pace when not fluent last, no impression flat, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Key To The West (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4yo nov stks (4) sft in Nov.
Knock House (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, challenged and every chance on inside 2 out, one pace between last 2, kept on to press for 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Beat That (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Marcilhac (FR) (10-3) 6th of 11, 34l behind Storm Of Saintly (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f 4yo chs Grd 3 (1) in Jun.
Sky Watch (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, went 2nd after 2 out, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Doctor Harper (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Auld Sthock (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders, outpaced before 3 out, allied to 3rd approaching 2 out, blundered and almost unseated rider last, not quicken flat, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Invicta Lake (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Amazing Scenes (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 14, well behind Wilde Blue Yonder (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
She's Noble 4-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway halfway, never on terms, 6th of 11, 19l behind Anteros (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Underwood (FR) Assessor gelding out of Attualita.
Bonds Conquest 100-1 (10-12) Prominent, took keen hold, lost place before 5th, not fluent 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Forrardon Xmoor 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, 42l behind The Skyfarmer (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Wunfurlez 20-1 (11-0) Prominent, went 2nd 12f out until 9f out, lost place 5f out, well beaten over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Hello George (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Nov.