Talk To Victor Novices' Hurdle (Div 1) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 4.40s
- Off time: 13:12:29
|2nd||11 Hallmark Star||1½||11/1|
Rockawango (FR) 22
|7||165 11-11 t1||J Ewart||B Hughes||13/2|
|5||158 11-4||Mrs Dianne Sayer||Mr Colm Mccormack (7)||100/1|
Lisbon (IRE) 19
|5||158 11-4 t||P Griffin||P Buchanan||66/1|
One For Hocky (IRE) 95
|5||158 11-4||N G Richards||B Harding||8/1|
San Cassiano (IRE) 98
|6||158 11-4||Ferdy Murphy||J Reveley||50/1|
Shanroe Secret (IRE) 10
|6||158 11-4||J J Lambe||A P McCoy||25/1|
Veloce (IRE) 19
|5||158 11-4||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||8/15f|
Yourlookinathim (IRE) 21
|7||158 11-4||J S Goldie||Henry Brooke||100/1|
St Gregory (IRE) 14
|5||151 10-11||N G Richards||K Renwick||100/1|
Hallmark Star 27
|4||147 10-7||Miss Lucinda V Russell||T Scudamore||11/1|
Unex Canaletto 27
|4||147 10-7||J Ewart||D Irving (10)||50/1|
||6||114||P A Kirby||R McGrath||NR|
It was certainly a surprise when VELOCE was beaten at Musselburgh earlier this month as he'd looked a sure-fire future winner when chasing home Poet on his hurdling debut at Newbury. The longer trip was possibly to blame and, back over 2m here, Donald McCain's novice should make in third-time lucky. Bumper winner One For Hocky has a bit of scope, despite being beaten more than 40 lengths at Kelso, and Rockawango probably needed his run at Musselburgh, his first in the UK, but has a bit to prove now. Hallmark Star often flattered to deceive on the Flat, however, and needs to step up on his Wetherby hurdling debut.
Pass Muster 40-1 (11-5) Held up in touch in mid-division, took keen hold, headway after 5th, weakened 2 out, 10th of 13, well behind Duke Of Navan (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Veloce (IRE) 4-9fav (11-6) Tracked leaders and keen, led before 5th, headed briefly 3 out, ridden and clear from 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Buffalo Ballet (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Hallmark Star 18-1 (11-0) Led narrowly, headed after 5th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 11, 43l behind Hidden Justice (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Rockawango (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Led, hard pressed 3 out, soon headed, lost place and weakening when mistake next, 6th of 14, 30l behind Cayman Islands (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Lisbon (IRE) 100-1 (11-6) Close up, led 3rd, headed before 5th, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 9, 38l behind Buffalo Ballet (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Unex Canaletto 50-1 (11-0) Always behind, weakened before bypassed 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Hidden Justice (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Yourlookinathim (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden after 6th, mistake next, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Green Flag (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy.
Discoverie 125-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened from 5th, 14th of 16, well behind Only Orsenfoolsies (10-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
St Gregory (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Towards rear, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 50l behind Eleven Fifty Nine (11-2) at Doncaster 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
One For Hocky (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, no impression when left remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 42l behind Deise Dynamo (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct.
San Cassiano (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Held up in last trio, headway 7th, outpaced after 3 out (usual 4 out), weakened and behind from next, last of 8, well behind I Shot The Sheriff (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Shanroe Secret (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, 13th and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 18, 48l behind Blissful Moment (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy.