Murfitts Industries Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (3yo+, 2m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 12.20s
- Off time: 14:32:26
|2nd||3 Hail Tiberius||26||7/2|
Amok (IRE) 25
|4||166 11-12 t||Tim Vaughan||D C Costello||104||3/1j|
Stentorian (IRE) 21
|4||165 11-11 p||G L Moore||Joshua Moore (3)||103||3/1j|
Hail Tiberius 259
|5||160 11-6 t||M Keighley||A P Cawley||98||7/2|
|4||157 11-3||Mrs P Sly||Miss G Andrews (5)||95||9/2|
Dundrum Dancer (IRE) 10
|5||152 10-12 p1||A M Hales||Killian Moore (7)||90||20/1|
King's Road 29
|7||149 10-9 t||Mrs A L M King||T Messenger||87||8/1|
Scotsbrook Legend 19
|4||140 10-0||S Lycett||Daniel Hiskett (7)||72||10/1|
||4||11-10||J M Jefferson||Harry Haynes||7/2|
Amok has run a couple of decent fourths over timber since joining Tim Vaughan from the Jean-Claude Rouget yard but does look to have enough to do off topweight, although he obviously remains open to progress. Stentorian has definite claims at his best and showed himself in good heart last time when a close second to Key To Milan at Taunton. He seemed to enjoy himself that day so ought to handle this sharp track. However, Pam Sly has been generating steady improvement from ARKAIM, highlighted by a narrow defeat at the hands of Feeling at Stratford last month, prior to which he'd gone well when a close third at Towcester behind Jawhary. He receives 8lb from Stentorian, not taking into account the claim of the useful Gina Andrews, and that could well prove decisive around this speed track.
Amok (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 3rd until hit 3 out, soon ridden, 4th and no extra when hit last, 4th of 7, 17l behind Close Touch (10-12) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Hail Tiberius 50-1 (10-12) Held up in last, pulled hard, mistake 5th, stayed on from 3 out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 20l behind Josh's Dreamway (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
King's Road 18-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 14l behind On The Feather (10-10) at Plumpton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Arkaim 4-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and in touch on outside 4th, ridden to chase winner approaching last, kept on and every chance towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 11, hd behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Stentorian (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) In touch on outside, headway to chase leaders from 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, led just before hitting last, hung left and idled flat, headed close home, 2nd of 12, hd behind Key To Milan (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Dundrum Dancer (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Prominent, led 3 out, headed before 2 out, weakening when mistake last, 11th of 16, well behind Gud Day (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Scotsbrook Legend 14-1 (10-2) Pulled hard, led, jumped left 1st, soon headed, pressed leader, not fluent 3rd, led 3 out, soon headed, weakened after next, 13th of 17, well behind Tresor De Bontee (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.