BetVictor Grand National Non-Runner Free Bet Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £5,523 2nd £1,622 3rd £811 4th £405
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 0.20s
- Off time: 16:21:40
|1st||2 Simply Ned||9/2|
The Tracey Shuffle 9
|7||166 11-12||D Pipe||T Scudamore||133||6/5f|
Simply Ned (IRE) 68
|6||160 11-6||N G Richards||Fearghal Joseph Davis||127||9/2|
Rockawango (FR) 29
|7||159 11-5 t||J Ewart||B Hughes||126||11/1|
Star Of Aragon (IRE) 41
|7||156 11-2||J Nash||D J Casey||123||10/3|
Embsay Crag 19
|7||145 10-5||P A Kirby||R McGrath||112||6/1|
||10||113||A C Whillans||E Whillans||124||NR|
The Tracey Shuffle drops down in trip for his return to hurdling having gone close over fences here last week. He looks sure to figure and is preferred to Simply Ned, who remains 10lb higher than his win at Musselburgh back in 2011. ROCKAWANGO is a winner in France and still finding his feet for James Ewart. He posted an improved effort over track and trip last time when third to Veloce and may come out best in this. Lady Bluesky was placed at the track last time and makes more appeal than Star Of Aragon and Embsay Crag.
Lady Bluesky 16-1 (11-9) With leader, led 3rd, headed when not fluent next, led before 6th, headed and not fluent 3 out, no impression from next, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Simply Ned (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Robbie (10-4) at Doncaster 2m Handicap Hurdle (0-140) (3yo+) (3) gs in Dec.
Rockawango (FR) 13-2 (11-11) In touch, headway to chase leaders approaching 3 out, went close 3rd and every chance 2 out, ridden last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Veloce (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Star Of Aragon (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Behind, headway under pressure after 2 out, kept on when hit last, never nearer, 8th of 18, 9l behind Olofi (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Embsay Crag 14-1 (11-8) Mid-division, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 14, 30l behind Billy Twyford (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
The Tracey Shuffle 11-8fav (11-0) Led, soon clear, blundered 13th, headed last, kept on and always held by winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Tap Night (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy.