Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle) (Listed) 2m 4f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
- Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places back straight)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.60s
- Off time: 15:30:29
|1st||1 Easter Day||4/9f|
Easter Day (FR) 54
|5||165 11-11||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||140||4/9f|
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 76
|7||157 11-3||P R Webber||D Elsworth||122||8/1|
Kilmurvy (IRE) 11
|5||157 11-3 p1||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||122||4/1|
Nataani (IRE) 68
|10||157 11-3 pt||Miss J S Davis||Timmy Murphy||129||16/1|
Sir Pitt 706
|6||157 11-3||A Hobbs||Donal Fahy||135||33/1|
||6||10-10||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||7/2|
This used to be a decent Cheltenham trial but its importance has diminished in recent years. Easter Day is probably the form pick on his second to Taquin De Seuil in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December. But he won't find it easy giving 8lb to KILMURVY, who has a decent record himself. He got bogged down under a big weight in the mud at Exeter last time but this easier track should suit as he'd won twice at Taunton previously. Nataani is better known as a chaser and would probably prefer a stiffer test while Dunlough Bay looks held by Easter Day on a line through Taquin De Seuil. Sir Pitt was fifth in the 2011 Triumph Hurdle but that was his last run before injury and he'll surely need this.
Easter Day (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leader, led before 2 out, driven after 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace and no impression flat, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Nataani (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) In rear, headway before 5 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 16, 15l behind Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec.
Kilmurvy (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, stayed on to one pace 4th next, mistake last, 4th of 15, 25l behind Many Clouds (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led, blundered 4th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, well behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-0) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Sir Pitt 200-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, headway and effort to challenge 2 out, soon ridden, one pace approaching last, no extra flat, 5th of 23, 8l behind Zarkandar (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar '11.