racinguk.com Juvenile Hurdle 2m
- (4yo, 2m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 2.50s
- Off time: 13:21:30
|1st||1 Hawk High||6/4|
|3rd||4 Red Four||9||12/1|
Hawk High (IRE) 58
|4||159 11-5 p||T D Easterby||A P McCoy||123||6/4|
Mahican (IRE) 46
|4||159 11-5||J P Ferguson||D F O'Regan||5/4f|
|4||152 10-12||A Dunn||Hadden Frost||66/1|
Red Four 25
|4||152 10-12 p||George Baker||A Tinkler||12/1|
Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 73
|4||152 10-12||O Sherwood||L Aspell||20/1|
Strong Conviction 116
|4||152 10-12||S Hodgson||Nick Scholfield||25/1|
|4||145 10-5||M D I Usher||D Crosse||7/1|
Rock Diamond (IRE) 24
|4||145 10-5||B G Powell||Brendan Powell||100/1|
Haatefina would surely have beaten Red Four at Doncaster had she not ploughed through the last. She was only beaten a neck and is 7lb better off here but had earlier been beaten 10 lengths by MAHICAN over this track and trip. John Ferguson's gelding can only improve on that and is also fancied to see off the challenge of Aintree scorer Hawk High, who didn't look straightforward when beaten on soft ground at Sedgefield last time. Stiff Upper Lip, who won twice on the Flat, should be the pick of the newcomers ahead of Rock Diamond.
Hawk High (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, soon went close up, ridden after 3 out, hanging left and 2 lengths down when hampered and left pressing winner 2 out, contined to hang left, no impression final 75 yards, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Magic Skyline (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Haatefina 20-1 (10-12) Led, clear before 2 out, 6 lengths ahead when blundered badly last, not recover and headed close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Red Four (10-12) at Doncaster 2m juv flls mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Red Four 12-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, reminder after next, lost 2nd before 3 out, staying on when went left last, went 2nd run in, closed to lead near finish, won at Doncaster 2m juv flls mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec beating Haatefina (10-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, hampered 8f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Wall Street Boss (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov (flat).
Strong Conviction 8-1 (8-7) Led and set good pace, headed over 2f out, soon ridden chasing leader, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Thouwra (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep (flat).
Rock Diamond (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden when weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 13l behind The Ginger Berry (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec (flat).
Mahican (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Always prominent, led after 2nd, headed when not fluent last, soon rallied, ran on to lead close home, won at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Mandy's Boy (10-12) by 1l, 11 ran.
Dido Killer Instinct gelding out of Bowdlane Barb.