Betfair. Don't Settle For Less Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 55.40s
- Off time: 13:50:39
|3rd||1 All The Aces||6||4/1|
All The Aces (IRE) 48
|7||162 11-8||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||134||4/1|
Colour Squadron (IRE) 41
|6||162 11-8||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||141||2/1f|
Montbazon (FR) 18
|5||162 11-8||A King||R Thornton||140||9/4|
Vulcanite (IRE) 30
|5||162 11-8||C E Longsdon||P J Brennan||10/3|
Presenting Ace (IRE) 39
|6||156 11-2 t||D Pipe||T Scudamore||66/1|
Royal Commission (IRE) 29
|5||156 11-2||Miss E C Lavelle||N Fehily||20/1|
Tanerko Emery (FR) 23
|6||156 11-2||Tim Vaughan||Aidan Coleman||66/1|
Taratata Sivola (FR) 107
|5||156 11-2 p||D Pipe||Mr K Edgar (7)||100/1|
Tory Massini (IRE) 71
|5||156 11-2||T R George||L Heard||200/1|
||5||112||K C Bailey||J M Maguire||NR|
Al Ferof (FR)
||6||11-8||P F Nicholls||Harry Skelton||1/4|
Colour Squadron got the better of MONTBAZON over C&D in December and has since run Captain Conan to a short-head in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown. Alan King's five-year-old was making his debut over hurdles that day, however, and will know more today. He hardly came off the bridle when scoring at Plumpton subsequently and looks a smart performer in the making. All The Aces was a decent performer on the Flat and got off the mark over timber at the second time of asking over C&D on New Year's Eve. He is also capable of improvement while Vulcanite was a very easy winner at Southwell following a solid debut second at Kempton, though holds an alternative engagement at Sandown today. Royal Commission was fair second at Lingfield last month but this looks a much stronger heat.
Oscar's Secret (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 5th of 16, 14l behind Hit The Headlines (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Montbazon (FR) Evens0fav (11-4) Close 5th on outside, hit 5th, went 2nd before and went right 3 out, led travelling well before next, came clear from 2 out, brushed last, easily, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan beating Victor Leudorum (11-4) by 15l, 10 ran.
Vulcanite (IRE) 1-4fav (11-4) Raced keenly, with leaders, led 6th, quickened clear between last 2, cmfortably, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Spiekeroog (11-4) by 7l, 14 ran.
All The Aces (IRE) 4-5fav (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 4th led 4 out, over 2 lengths ahead and in command when went left and mistake 2 out, recovered and came clear again before last, eased closing stages, won at Newbury 2m hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Destroyer Deployed (11-0) by 4l, 7 ran.
Presenting Ace (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, jumped right 1st, stayed on from 2 out, never nearer, 5th of 13, 26l behind Darlan (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Tanerko Emery (FR) 11-1 (11-4) Led, fell 2nd, in a race won by Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 16 ran.
Royal Commission (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Soon in touch, went 3rd before 5th, went 2nd before 2 out, stayed on same pace and no impression from last, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Poole Master (11-7) at Lingfield 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Taratata Sivola (FR) 9-2 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along 4th, weakened from 6 out, last of 7, well behind Renard (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Tory Massini (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Led, headed over 5f out, weakened over 4f out, 12th of 15, 44l behind Viking Ridge (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Colour Squadron (IRE) 11-8fav (11-7) Led, hit 4th and 3 out, hanging left approaching 2 out, narrowly ahead when continued to hang badly left after last, narrowly headed final 180 yards, rallied close home, just failed, not recover, 2nd of 5, shd behind Captain Conan (11-7) at Sandown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Jan.