Fernham Homes 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £5,005 2nd £1,478 3rd £739 4th £370 5th £185 6th £93
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 47.20s
- Off time: 12:45:29
|6||154 11-0||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||11/2|
Fiddlers Bid 27
|5||154 11-0||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||15/8f|
Letsby Avenue 32
|4||154 11-0||A King||R Thornton||2/1|
Lookout Mountain (IRE) 38
|4||154 11-0||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||9/2|
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 579
|7||154 11-0||P Rich||J M Maguire||33/1|
Westaway (IRE) 22
|5||154 11-0||D W P Arbuthnot||Tom Cannon (3)||16/1|
||6||G McPherson||W Hutchinson||NR|
Hadrian's Approach (IRE)
||4||11-0||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||11/10|
Letsby Avenue was fourth at Plumpton on his hurdling debut but we were more taken by LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN's run behind Dunlough Bay at Lingfield. The Ffos Las bumper winner was a little keen on his first start over timber but showed plenty of promise and should go close here if settling better. Fiddlers Bid made all in a bumper here last month and is another to consider if staying the extra while Ballytober, denied a run at Exeter yesterday, will strip fitter for his run here last month and Wychwoods Brook was sent off favourite when runner-up at Leicester. Sergeant Dick and Westaway have shown ability and can't be discounted.
Wychwoods Brook 5-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, landed awkwardley 6th, ridden to lead narrowly 3 out, clear with winner and headed next, weakened next, tired run in, just held on to 2nd, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Dungeel (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Ballytober 16-1 (11-0) Not always fluent, chased clear leader, closed 5th, lost 2nd next, mistake and lost place 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 12, 22l behind Many Clouds (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Westaway (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Prominent, outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 16, 30l behind Oscar Rock (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Fiddlers Bid 6-1 (11-0) Made all, driven 3f out, stayed on well final 2f, won at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov beating Horizontal Speed (11-0) by 9l, 8 ran.
Letsby Avenue 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, blundered last, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 5l behind Billy Merriott (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Ld, 2l adv 6out, hdd aftr 4out, ld again bef 2out, so, easily, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May '11 beating Two Euros (12-0) by 3l, 13 ran.
Lookout Mountain (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden and weakened 2 out, 5th of 10, 18l behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.