New Toyota Auris Maiden Hurdle 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Surface: Turf
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 49
|7||160 11-6||D Pipe||T Scudamore||120|
Mister Bricolage (IRE) 65
|6||160 11-6||P J Hobbs||R Johnson|
Radio Nowhere (IRE) 23
|5||160 11-6||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire|
Rode Runner 44
|5||160 11-6||Richard Hawker||Matt Griffiths (3)|
Safferano (IRE) 50
|7||160 11-6||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (3)|
|6||160 11-6||V R A Dartnall||A Glassonbury|
Sharp Suit (IRE) 60
|6||160 11-6||J W Mullins||W P Kavanagh (3)|
Vintage Kid (IRE) 45
|7||160 11-6||Tim Vaughan||D C Costello|
||7||11-6||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||13/8|
SEEBRIGHT lifted the gloom surrounding Victor Dartnall's yard when landing a bumper in the mud here earlier in the month. He's bred to appreciate a test of stamina and can make a winning start to his hurdling career. Former pointer Mister Bricolage could be the danger if a fall at Exeter hasn't dented his confidence, though Bygones Sovereign may have needed his run behind Puffin Billy at Newbury and was placed over 2m5f at Leicester last season. Radio Nowhere was beaten a long way when second at Towcester on Boxing Day, however, and Vintage Kid was pulled up at the same course earlier, though jockey bookings suggest he's still the stable pick ahead of Safferano.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 4th, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, well behind Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Mister Bricolage (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, headway approaching 3 out, challenged and every chance 3 out, one pace in 3rd when fell next, in a race won by Cloudy Copper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 13 ran.
Radio Nowhere (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Held up, hit 3 out, switched right when making progress after 2 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 28l behind Thomas Crapper (11-4) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Rode Runner 40-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 6f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Wadswick Court (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Safferano (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Held up, headway approaching 4th, not fluent 7th, ridden next, mistake and weakened 3 out, hit 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Grouse Lodge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Seebright 9-2 (11-4) With leader, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, edged left then right over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, driven and stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m N H flat (6) hvy beating Be Bop Boru (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Fountains Mary (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Vintage Kid (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, reminders before 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Woodford County (10-12) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 7 ran.