E.B.F./Sun Trade Windows 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) (Div 1) 2m 4f
- (4-7yo, 2m 4f, Class 4, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 16.70s
- Off time: 13:30:24
|1st||3 Merry King||5/4f|
|2nd||10 Society Shares||nk||40/1|
|3rd||2 Jumps Road||nk||15/8|
Jumps Road 36
|5||162 11-8||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||122||15/8|
Merry King (IRE) 26
|5||162 11-8||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||122||5/4f|
Canopy Of Stars 25
|6||156 11-2||P D Evans||L Stephens||40/1|
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 19
|6||156 11-2||J L Flint||R Flint||200/1|
Koultas King (IRE) 55
|5||156 11-2||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||8/1|
Motou (FR) 28
|7||156 11-2||R T Phillips||S Quinlan||66/1|
Pericoloso (IRE) 49
|6||156 11-2||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||14/1|
Society Shares (IRE) 25
|7||156 11-2||G McPherson||T Molloy (3)||40/1|
One More Cookie (IRE) 34
|6||155 11-1||M Keighley||Daniel Hiskett (10)||12/1|
Hero's Call 49
|7||149 10-9||J S Smith||Charles Greene (7) (ex1)||100/1|
||6||1112||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||134||NR|
||7||112 p1||W K Goldsworthy||T J O'Brien||113||NR|
Maringo Bay (IRE)
||6||11-2||C J Mann||Peter Toole||33/1|
Cock Of The Rock has plenty of chances but Colin Tizzard's pair Ohio Gold and Jumps Road have to go on the short-list. The former will certainly find this easier than the handicap he contested at Kempton last month and Brendan Powell takes off a useful 5lb. Merry King got off the mark at Leicester last time, while the mare One More Cookie comes here of the back of a win at Plumpton but let's take a chance on the unexposed KOULTAS KING. Tim Vaughan's five-year-old pulled too hard on his hurdling debut at Towcester but led to the second-last and clearly has ability. He should be thereabouts if settling better today.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) In touch, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 19, 31l behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 11-4fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression on front trio 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 11, 24l behind Simply Ben (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Merry King (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Prominent, challenged 7th, bumped 2 out, soon ridden, led last, stayed on well, won at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Tarn Hows (11-5) by 6l, 15 ran.
Society Shares (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden next, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Sainglend (10-9) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Jumps Road 16-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent, mistake 2nd, ridden approaching 7th, behind next, 5th of 8, 40l behind Cotton Mill (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) gs in Jan.
Koultas King (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) With leader, blundered 2nd, led 3 out, headed before 2 out, one pace, 6th of 11, 10l behind Speed Master (11-5) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
One More Cookie (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, lost place 5th, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, ridden to lead just after last, ran on well (2 hurdles ommited), won at Plumpton 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Regal Brook (11-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Pericoloso (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Towards rear, stayed on one pace from 3 out, went modest 5th flat, 5th of 14, 26l behind African Broadway (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Motou (FR) 100-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, some headway when hampered 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 34l behind Native Beauty (10-11) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Canopy Of Stars 50-1 (11-4) Held up, mistake 2nd, ridden after 3rd, behind 4th, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Hero's Call 150-1 (9-12) Towards rear, headway on outside approaching 4th, soon chasing leaders, ridden before 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 14, 27l behind African Broadway (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 150-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 2nd, lost place when jumped slowly 5th, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Dildar (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.