NRC Cheltenham Preview Here March 5th 'Fixed Brush' Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4-7yo, 2m 4f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 58.10s
- Off time: 15:50:27
Clan William (IRE) 22
|6||165 11-11||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (3)||110||20/1|
Wuff (IRE) 29
|6||165 11-11 t1||T R George||P J Brennan||7/4j|
Greensalt (IRE) 28
|6||159 11-5||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||115||4/1|
Straidnahanna (IRE) 37
|5||159 11-5||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||117||7/4j|
Vasco Pierji (FR) 16
|5||159 11-5||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||33/1|
Voyage A New York (FR) 86
|5||159 11-5||Miss Lucinda V Russell||K Renwick||40/1|
Garde Ville (FR) 23
|4||147 10-7 bt||D Pipe||T Scudamore||117||12/1|
Love Marmalade (IRE) 17
|4||147 10-7||A C Whillans||E Whillans (3)||33/1|
Greensalt looks to have decent claims after a second at Newcastle and appears to be his yard's first choice on jockey bookings ahead of Vasco Pierji. But WUFF is less exposed and returned a winning favourite in heavy ground at Uttoxeter on his hurdling bow. He gets the vote to land this for Tom George with further progress likely. Garde Ville posted a better effort at Fontwell last time and shares the same official rating as the older Straidnahanna. The former should be thereabouts and also makes more appeal than maiden hurdle winner Clan William.
Wuff (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Keen early, prominent on outside, switched inside before 3 out, ridden after next, challenged and every chance last, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec beating Allow Dallow (11-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, ridden 3 out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 27l behind Racing Pulse (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Greensalt (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, clear 2nd 4 out, ridden before next, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Blakemount (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Garde Ville (FR) 6-4fav (10-5) Chased leaders, led soon after 3 out until approaching next where pecked, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Vandross (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Voyage A New York (FR) 13-2 (11-0) Prominent, ridden and weakened before 3f out, 9th of 14, 39l behind Five In A Row (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Love Marmalade (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up in rear and keen, effort before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 23l behind Rutherglen (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (3) sft.
Clan William (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Went left 1st, tracked leader, led after 4 out to before next, soon lost place, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 13, 33l behind Secrete Stream (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Vasco Pierji (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 4 out, tailed off from next, 6th of 8, 25l behind Rinnagree Rosie (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.