Bathwick Tyres 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 12.40s
- Off time: 14:20:36
|1st||5 Liberty One||7/1|
|2nd||9 Sun Wild Life||1½||10/1|
|3rd||1 Cool George||4||2/1|
Cool George 38
|6||157 11-3||Miss J Du Plessis||James Best (3)||118||2/1|
Exmoor Challenge 12
|5||157 11-3||J Scott||Matt Griffiths (3)||66/1|
Hot Pepper 12
|6||157 11-3||C J Down||J M Davies||100/1|
Know More Oats (IRE) 13
|6||157 11-3||V R A Dartnall||Giles Hawkins (3)||25/1|
Liberty One (IRE) 24
|8||157 11-3||R Woollacott||D A Jacob||7/1|
Pleasant Company (IRE) 63
|6||157 11-3||D Pipe||T Scudamore||10/11f|
|6||157 11-3||Mrs S Gardner||Lucy Gardner (5)||40/1|
Sand Artist (IRE) 37
|6||157 11-3||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||33/1|
Sun Wild Life (FR) 41
|4||147 10-7||R Walford||Felix de Giles||118||10/1|
PLEASANT COMPANY was far from disgraced in a better race at Ascot in December. He's been given plenty of time to recover and can add a hurdles victory to his portfolio which already includes wins in a point-to-point and a bumper. Sun Wild Life arrives off the back of a decent run at Kempton having only lost out by half-a-length at Fontwell on his hurdles bow. Five of Cool George's career starts have been here and he was only beaten a length-and-a-quarter over track and trip last month while three-times points winner was second on his hurdling debut at Taunton and can improve.
Liberty One (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, jumped slowly 5th, some headway from next, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 11l behind Milo Man (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Sun Wild Life (FR) 5-2 (10-12) Led, dived at 4 out, headed 3 out, lost 2nd well before next, outpaced approaching 2 out, plugged on to modest 4th between last 2, 4th of 8, 16l behind Goodwood Mirage (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Cool George 3-1 (10-9) Close up, led from 3rd, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Knight Of Noir (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Pleasant Company (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Led until 1st, led again before 3rd, ridden and headed well before 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd and no chance with leading duo, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Royal Boy (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Dec.
Rafafie 66-1 (10-9) Always behind, reminders before 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 15, well behind Royal Player (11-0) at Exeter 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Exmoor Challenge 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, well beaten from after 6th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Toubeera (11-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Hot Pepper 100-1 (11-4) In touch until 6th, 11th of 14, well behind Arthur's Oak (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Know More Oats (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, reminders and weakened from 3 out, 4th of 5, well behind Royal Player (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Sand Artist (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, weakened 4 out, 8th of 10, well behind Cole Harden (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.