West Norfolk Foxhounds & North Norfolk Harriers Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m 7f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 7f 110y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,574 2nd £1,049 3rd £525 4th £262
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 28.54s
- Off time: 15:40:12
|5||166 11-12||N J Henderson||J McGrath (5)||114||11/2|
Desert Joe (IRE) 30
|6||164 11-10||A King||Charlie Huxley (3)||112||6/4f|
Areuwitmenow (IRE) 22
|7||164 11-10||C E Longsdon||Kielan Woods (5)||112||12/1|
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 7
|6||160 11-6||Ian Williams||Mr J Hodson (7)||108||8/1|
Legendary Hop 48
|6||159 11-5||C C Bealby||T Messenger||107||10/1|
|6||159 11-5||Mrs P Robeson||J A McCarthy||107||16/1|
Domos Boy (IRE) 23
|9||155 11-1 b1||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||103||12/1|
Midnight Macarena 29
|7||149 10-9||Mrs L Wadham||Matt Crawley (5)||97||16/1|
Terra Bleu (IRE) 21
|5||147 10-7 pt||B G Powell||C Poste||95||7/1|
||7||11-4||Mrs P Sly||David England||10/3|
DESERT JOE only found one too good on his hurdling debut at Towcester and a subsequent third at Newbury was another sound effort. Alan King's charge can make it third-time lucky here though Legendary Hop and Terra Bleu are consistent and Floreat clearly found 2m too sharp at Towcester last time. Domos Boy, blinkered for the first time, was third over a similar trip at Hereford last time and also enters the reckoning and Bobcatbilly may have needed his run in a Kempton bumper last week. Earlier runs at Towcester and Ascot entitle him to respect in this grade.
Grassfinch 10-1 (11-9) In touch, lost place 2nd, well behind after 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Painter Man (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Floreat 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, not always fluent, ridden after 5th, outpaced next, hit 2 out, plugged on, 4th of 11, 13l behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Led, headed 5f out, led again over 3f out, soon headed, weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 21l behind Tetlami (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) gd.
Desert Joe (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) In touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden and stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Carrigmorna King (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Midnight Macarena 20-1 (10-8) Mid-division, brought down 3rd, in a race won by What An Oscar (11-8) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan, 13 ran.
Domos Boy (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 3 out, no impression on front pair, plugged on, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Quinte Du Chatelet (11-7) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Areuwitmenow (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, reminder after 6th, soon hampered, weakened approaching 8th, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Bellflower Boy (10-13) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Legendary Hop 10-1 (10-12) With winner, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no chance, stayed on same pace in clear 2nd, 2nd of 14, 13l behind Kaffie (10-12) at Warwick 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Terra Bleu (IRE) 7-4 (10-9) Close up, raced wide, led 3 out, headed after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Orvita (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.