totepool National Spirit Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 12.38s
  • Off time: 15:48:01
Full result
Result 15:45 Fontwell Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Prospect Wells 3/1
2nd 4 Meister Eckhart 7 11/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 077-233
Red, Orange diamond, Orange sleeves, Red stars, Red cap, Orange diamonds Brampour (IRE) 71
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Harry Derham
  • Form: 077-233
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 156
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 P F Nicholls Harry Derham 156 9/2
2 111114/
Maroon, White Diamonds on Sleeves Bergo (GER) 534
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 111114/
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
10 157 11-3 G L Moore J E Moore 140 20/1
3 21/1714
Yellow, light blue hoop Dark Lover (GER) 15
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 21/1714
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
8 157 11-3 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 150 7/4f
4 11135-
Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Meister Eckhart (IRE) 345
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 11135-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
7 157 11-3 A King R Thornton 142 11/4
5 453-204
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Prospect Wells (FR) 64
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 453-204
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-3t
  • OR: 149
  • Naps:
8 157 11-3 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 149 3/1
6 12FF1P
Dark green, white braces, white and dark green striped sleeves and cap Valmari (IRE) 18
  • T:T Symonds
  • J:Felix De Giles
  • Form: 12FF1P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
10 150 10-10 T Symonds Felix De Giles 119 50/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Third Intention (IRE)
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
5 11-5 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 11/10
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In depth

Verdict

Paul Nicholls makes a determined bid to land this Grade 2 with three runners. Prospect Wells was well beaten in the Long Walk at Ascot last time but had pushed stablemate Zarkander all the way to the line in the Elite Hurdle earlier. Brampour is another regular at this level though he's been unable to cope with the top-class Oscar Whisky recently. The suspicion remains that both of the above need faster ground and on that basis DARK LOVER is preferred. He ran well enough behind My Tent Or Yours at Newbury last time and scored nicely in heavy ground at Cheltenham before that. Meister Eckhart and Bergo will need their very best to figure on their return to action and even that may not be good enough while Valmari is outclassed.

Formwatch

Prospect Wells (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, blundered 8th, went poor 5th after 10th, soon no chance, went poor 4th in closing stages, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Reve De Sivola (11-7) at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.

Meister Eckhart (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Prominent, went 2nd soon after 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, 5th of 20, 10l behind Brindisi Breeze (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.

Dark Lover (GER) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, stayed on run-in to take 4th final 75 yards, 4th of 21, 9l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft.

Brampour (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Disputed 2nd to before 3rd, held up 3rd and last, struggling 3 out, soon no chance with front pair, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Oscar Whisky (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.

Valmari (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Led until 2nd, in touch, ridden after 8th, losing place when bad mistake 9th, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Grandioso (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 8 ran.

Bergo (GER) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, no impression after 2 out, 4th of 10, 23l behind Tataniano (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Apr '10.