NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Novices' Hurdle 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,509 2nd £1,030 3rd £515 4th £258
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 11.20s
- Off time: 14:10:53
|1st||5 Vesperal Dream||8/13f|
|2nd||2 Lexicon Lad||4||15/8|
Cnoc An Cheo (IRE) 30
|7||152 10-12||P Henderson||Mr G Treacy (7)||25/1|
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 369
|9||152 10-12 t||T R George||P J Brennan||109||15/8|
Lord Carrigross (IRE) 32
|7||152 10-12 h||Miss L Blackford||Mr C Smith (7)||100/1|
The Sweetener (IRE) 15
|5||152 10-12 t||R Woollacott||C O'Farrell||16/1|
Vesperal Dream (FR) 25
|5||152 10-12||P F Nicholls||Harry Derham (3)||123||8/13f|
War Treaty (IRE) 26
|6||152 10-12 p||M B Shears||M J Quinlan (3)||125/1|
Miss Siskin 15
|5||145 10-5||J D Frost||Mr F Tett (7)||50/1|
Theatre Evening (IRE)
||5||10-12||F M O'Brien||N Fehily||10/1|
VESPERAL DREAM's future still lies over fences, despite a poor run at Sandown last time, but this looks to be a good opportunity for him to open his account under Rules. His second to Garde Le Victoire at Taunton last month is form that is head and shoulders anything his rivals have achieved. The dark horse is useful winning chaser Lexicon Lad but it's more than a year since Tom George's charge was last seen on the racecourse.
Vesperal Dream (FR) 5-2fav (10-5) In touch on outside, mistake and lost place 14th, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 8, 41l behind Ballincurrig (10-8) at Sandown 2m 4f nov chs (2) gs in Apr.
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd 4th, led 10th, clear after 4 out, all out, won at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in May '13 beating Night In Milan (11-4) by 1l, 14 ran.
The Sweetener (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, 3rd on bend before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 17, 32l behind Master Malt (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Miss Siskin 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, modest progress before 3 out, never near leaders, 11th of 15, 28l behind Makadamia (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd.
War Treaty (IRE) 200-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, pushed along and reminders before 3 out, soon weakened, last of 5, well behind Silsol (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Cnoc An Cheo (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Prominent, slight mistake 1st, lost place from before 7th, soon weakened and pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Operating (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f amat beg chs in Apr, 13 ran.
Lord Carrigross (IRE) 80-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, well behind Howlongisafoot (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.