Hoe Novices' Hurdle 2m 7f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 7f 110y, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 46.00s
- Off time: 13:00:19
|1st||5 Moss On The Mill||9/4|
|3rd||6 Social Overdrive||14||16/1|
Arfur Didit (IRE) 21
|6||152 10-12||Mrs S J Humphrey||Jack Quinlan (3)||33/1|
|7||152 10-12||D Thompson||Tony Kelly (3)||9/2|
|7||152 10-12||Mrs L Wadham||Matt Crawley (5)||Evsf|
|6||152 10-12||M Gates||Miss A Stirling (7)||100/1|
Moss On The Mill 35
|6||152 10-12 h||B I Case||D A Jacob||9/4|
Social Overdrive (IRE) 324
|8||152 10-12||Miss E Baker||James Banks (5)||90||16/1|
Speckled Door 54
|6||152 10-12||Mrs Caroline Bailey||A Thornton||10/1|
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 67
|8||152 10-12||A E Jessop||Joseph Akehurst (7)||150/1|
Ballythomas was only beaten four lengths when a 50/1 chance over a longer trip at Catterick on New Year's Day. He must have claims in this but CANUSPOTIT is a little less exposed so gets the nod. He had no chance against the highly-rated Red Sherlock over 2m5f at Southwell last month but stuck well to his task in the closing stages and did finish six lengths clear of an earlier point-to-point and bumper winner, who had been backed to beat the favourite. Moss On The Mill looks very one-paced while Speckled Door weakened quickly at Towcester last time. Social Overdrive was very disappointing over hurdles last season.
Moss On The Mill 14-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, headway 9th, pushed along and stayed on same pace from 3 out, driven after 2 out, hampered last, went poor 4th in closing stages, 4th of 11, 28l behind Tagrita (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Canuspotit 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 8th, chased leading pair after 3 out, driven next, stayed on to take 2nd approaching last where not fluent, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 14l behind Red Sherlock (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Social Overdrive (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Prominent, not much room and lost place 2nd, headway 6h, outpaced next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, 47l behind Southfield Theatre (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Speckled Door 16-1 (10-12) Prominent until after 5th, behind 7th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Knockanrawley (10-5) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Ballythomas 50-1 (10-7) In rear, headway 4 out, no impression from last, 3rd of 5, 4l behind I Need Gold (10-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.
Arfur Didit (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Handy until 6th, soon ridden, weakened after next, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Carole's Destrier (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Carn Rock Tamure gelding out of Solent Sunbeam.
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along 5 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, well behind Cole Harden (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.