Mark Woodward 40th Birthday Celebration Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 6f 110y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 27.90s
- Off time: 16:21:13
|1st||6 Bawden Rocks||9/1|
|2nd||8 The Kings Assassin||3||3/1|
|5||166 11-12||Jonjo O'Neill||Maurice Linehan (3)||103||12/1|
Castle Beach (IRE) 53
|5||165 11-11 t||Robert Stephens||G Sheehan||102||20/1|
Barista (IRE) 8
|6||165 11-11||B Forsey||C O'Farrell||102||10/1|
Rattleandrun (IRE) 27
|6||163 11-9 h||B G Powell||Brendan Powell||100||20/1|
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 35
|6||163 11-9 t||Tim Vaughan||Mr Jason Kiely (7)||100||7/4f|
Bawden Rocks 15
|5||161 11-7||D G Bridgwater||T Scudamore||98||9/1|
|10||151 10-11 p||M Gates||Peter Carberry (3)||88||16/1|
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 16
|6||151 10-11||C Gordon||M Goldstein||88||3/1|
Falcon's Present 26
|6||151 10-11||J R Weymes||Sam Twiston-Davies||88||10/1|
Hot Whiskey has been placed in his last three runs off today's mark and seems sure to be thereabouts again under a 7lb claimer. Barista was placed over 7f on the Flat earlier this month but this is a much different test and both Tenmoku and Falcon's Present are proving disappointing over timber. THE KINGS ASSASSIN rallied impressively to score at Fontwell earlier this month. That was a big step up on previous efforts but he wasn't unfancied and has the scope to follow up in this slightly better grade.
Bawden Rocks 50-1 (11-0) Hampered 1st, always well behind, 10th of 13, 39l behind Germany Calling (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Prominent, led after 8th, headed 2 out, 4th and looked beaten last, rallied flat, switched left and ran on well to lead close home, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Marico (10-12) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Tenmoku 12-1 (10-11) Led first, clear 3rd, hit 7th, headed between 3 out and 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 8, 40l behind Rattlin (11-3) at Market Rasen 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Barista (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 4th or 5th, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd flat, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Western Approaches (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Dec.
Rattleandrun (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th or 7th, some headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 28l behind Should I Stay (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 8th, ridden 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Jimmy The Jetplane (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Castle Beach (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Prominent until weakened approaching 3 out, 11th of 15, 44l behind Withy Mills (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Killegney 12-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, lost place 7th, behind from next, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Epee Celeste (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 8 ran.
Falcon's Present 20-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and beaten when mistake 3 out, 10th of 17, 36l behind Rayadour (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.