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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 0.20s
  • Off time: 16:21:40
Full result
Result 16:20 Ayr
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Simply Ned 9/2
2nd 3 Rockawango 11/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 213-0F2
Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap The Tracey Shuffle 9
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 213-0F2
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 133 6/5f
2 114-473
Red, Black and White striped sleeves, Red cap, Black diamond Simply Ned (IRE) 68
  • T:N G Richards
  • J:F Davis
  • Form: 114-473
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
6 160 11-6 N G Richards F Davis 127 9/2
3 163
Yellow, Dark Blue triple diamond and armlets Rockawango (FR) 29
  • T:J Ewart
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 163
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5t
  • OR: 126
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 t J Ewart B Hughes 126 11/1
5 181-058
Emerald Green, Red hoop, armlets and cap Star Of Aragon (IRE) 41
  • T:J Nash
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 181-058
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 J Nash D J Casey 123 10/3
6 1763-48
Beige, Brown seams, armlets and cap Embsay Crag 19
  • T:P A Kirby
  • J:R McGrath
  • Form: 1763-48
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-5
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
7 145 10-5 P A Kirby R McGrath 112 6/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
4 1U4-142
Lady Bluesky 49
  • Nag Me
  • Course Winner
  • Distance Winner
  • T:A C Whillans
  • J:E Whillans
  • Form: 1U4-142
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
10 113 A C Whillans E Whillans 124 NR

In depth

Verdict

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.

Formwatch

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.