J H Builders 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 27.60s
- Off time: 13:33:48
|1st||1 Ace Fighter Pilot||11/8f|
|2nd||2 Uncle Jimmy||7||2/1|
Ace Fighter Pilot 28
|6||159 11-5||Jim Best||J E Moore||130||11/8f|
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 36
|5||159 11-5||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||2/1|
Dunloughin (IRE) 226
|6||152 10-12||Mrs D Grissell||Tom Cannon (3)||10/1|
|4||152 10-12||J W Mullins||Kevin Jones (7)||33/1|
No Buts 15
|4||152 10-12||Mrs A E Brooks||C Poste||100/1|
Water Wagtail 258
|5||152 10-12||Miss E C Lavelle||Conor Quish (10)||4/1|
||5||1012||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||NR|
Ohio Gold (IRE)
||5||11-5||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||4/9|
Ace Fighter Pilot's maiden hurdle victory came on fast ground and he has something to prove in today's heavy going. Uncle Jimmy opened his account at Fontwell but was a big disappointment at Ffos Las on his latest start. Winning pointer Dunloughin is worth noting on his debut under Rules but SPEEDY TUNES also won a point-to-point back in March and Nicky Henderson's charge gets the vote on his first start over timber. Flugzeug has shown little so far and Water Wagtail was well beaten in a bumper on his racecourse debut.
Speedy Tunes (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 2nd 3out, rdn & chall last, rdn to ld late, won at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Waddingtown Hero (12-0) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Ace Fighter Pilot 15-2 (11-5) Led and raced on outer, mistake 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on from last, lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Billy Merriott (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 6th, some headway into 4th before 3 out, weakened approaching next, tailed off, 5th of 8, 43l behind Boyfromnowhere (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
No Buts 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5f out, tailed off over 3f out, last of 11, well behind Warden Hill (11-0) at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std.
Dunloughin (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Ww mid div, prog up 5out, cl 3rd from 3out & 2nd when landed faster & ld last, so, won at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Green Wizard (12-0) by 4l, 14 ran.
Water Wagtail 9-4 (10-8) Behind, pushed along and struggling 8f out, lost touch 6f out, plugged on again final 2f, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 9, 20l behind Sin Bin (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Flugzeug 40-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 10, 23l behind Dawn Twister (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.