SIG Insulation E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 110y

  • (4-7yo, 2m 110y, Class 4, 11 runners)
  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 6.20s
  • Off time: 15:25:54
Full result
Result 15:25 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Minella Forfitness 9/4f
2nd 5 Cheltenian s.h 7/2
3rd 1 Valdez 12/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 14-2171
Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap Valdez 37
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 14-2171
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 A King R Thornton 129 12/1
2 1/17-31
White, black cap Minella Forfitness (IRE) 16
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1/17-31
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 162 11-8 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 9/4f
3 120
Light green and purple check, light green sleeves, purple cap Benefit Cut (IRE) 63
  • T:Mrs P Robeson
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 120
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 Mrs P Robeson T J O'Brien 66/1
5 211/
Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Cheltenian (FR) 707
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 211/
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 P J Hobbs R Johnson 7/2
6 2/6-8
Light Blue, Yellow stars, armlets and cap Credit For Life (IRE) 14
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 2/6-8
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 C E Longsdon N Fehily 100/1
7 608
Red, emerald green and white hooped sleeves, red and white hooped cap Highlander Ted 18
  • T:T D Walford
  • J:P Buchanan
  • Form: 608
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 T D Walford P Buchanan 200/1
8 1-0
Black, red cross of lorraine, black and white check sleeves, red cap Lord Navits (IRE) 97
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 1-0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 80/1
9 1129-22
Black, black and maroon striped cap New Year's Eve 14
  • T:J P Ferguson
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 1129-22
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 129 10/3
10 3300-78
DARK BLUE, YELLOW cross belts, collar and cuffs, striped cap Piano Concerto (USA) 86
  • T:Andrew Turnell
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 3300-78
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2t1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 t1 Andrew Turnell T Scudamore 100/1
11 3-2
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Snake Eyes (IRE) 86
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 3-2
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 N J Henderson A P McCoy 3/1
12 23-1329
Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 26
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 23-1329
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 Tim Vaughan D C Costello 66/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
4 1-P
Catching On (IRE) 74
  • Nag Me
  • Beaten Favourite
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:Maurice Linehan
  • Form: 1-P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 112 Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Oscar Nominee (IRE)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A Tinkler
5 11-8 N J Henderson A Tinkler 4/5
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In depth

Verdict

Cheltenian won the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2011 and may well be a high-class recruit to hurdling. However, it's asking a lot of the seven-year-old to make a winning reappearance after two years on the sidelines. MINELLA FORFITNESS kept on well to beat useful Flat performers Zuider Zee and Aaim To Prosper over 2m4f here last time but there's just a danger he'll find a drop in distance against him. He looks a progressive sort, however, so gets the nod getting 4lb from the more exposed Valdez. New Year's Eve was an expensive failure at Ludlow two weeks ago and hasn't yet lived up to a tall reputation so far while the selection's stable companion Snake Eyes was long odds-on when only second at Kempton and needs more.

Formwatch

Catching On (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened quickly and not fluent last, soon pulled up, in a race won by Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.

Minella Forfitness (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) In touch and keen, chased leaders 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, ridden to lead last, kept on well, won at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd beating Zuider Zee (11-4) by 2l, 21 ran.

Cheltenian (FR) 14-1 (11-5) In touch on inside, driven and headway over 3f out, soon challenged, led well over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well to go clear final furlong, won at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar '11 beating Destroyer Deployed (11-5) by 5l, 24 ran.

Valdez 1-2fav (11-11) Took keen hold tracking leaders, tracked leading pair 3rd, led next, clear when hit 6th, stayed on well, easily, won at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Asker (11-5) by 10l, 12 ran.

Snake Eyes (IRE) 1-5fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, not much room on inner before 2 out, led last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.

Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 12-1 (11-4) In rear, headway over 2f out, one pace, 9th of 12, 7l behind Keep Kicking (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.

Piano Concerto (USA) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 11, well behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.

Benefit Cut (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mistake 2nd always in rear, struggling 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, 44l behind Uxizandre (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.

Highlander Ted 100-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Seebright (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft.

Credit For Life (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Gifted clear lead, headed before 3 out, mistake at hurdle, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 25l behind Ptit Zig (10-7) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft.

Lord Navits (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Led 3f, led again 10f out, ridden and headed 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 15, 39l behind Big Casino (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.

New Year's Eve 2-7fav (11-3) Prominent in chasing group, went 2nd from 2nd, challenged 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon ridden, switched left on landing last, hung left, no impression on winner final 150 yards, 2nd of 16, 6l behind Ptit Zig (10-7) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft.