Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 58.20s
- Off time: 14:21:43
|1st||2 Such A Legend||6/5f|
Katachenko (IRE) 17
|5||166 11-12||D McCain Jnr||A P McCoy||130||5/4|
Such A Legend 19
|6||159 11-5||K C Bailey||E Cookson (5)||120||6/5f|
Tough Trade 33
|5||159 11-5||C Grant||B Hughes||120||17/2|
Carthaginian (IRE) 270
|5||152 10-12||M Todhunter||Harry Challoner (3)||100/1|
Maraweh (IRE) 17
|4||147 10-7||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||28/1|
Mixed Message (IRE) 16
|4||147 10-7||B Ellison||Danny Cook||28/1|
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE)
||4||10-7||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Graham Watters||15/2|
Chepstow winner Such A Legend is a rare runner here for Gloucestershire handler Kim Bailey but Katachenko probably sets the standard. Donald McCain's charge has won his last two, at Musselburgh and Kelso, though it's a worry that he hasn't managed a victory in three previous runs over this shorter trip. MIXED MESSAGE has had a couple of runs on the Flat to blow away any cobwebs and beat a subsequent winner on his only start over timber at Wetherby in October. He gets plenty of weight from the older horses and could be a bit of value, though Tough Trade has been highly tried since winning at Kelso in December.
Such A Legend 4-7fav (10-8) Held up in 5th, headway to 3rd 4 out, challenged between last 2, led last, idled flat, ridden out, won at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Rock On Rocky (10-13) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Katachenko (IRE) 4-9fav (11-6) Led, mistake 3 out, clear before last, eased towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft beating Another Mattie (10-13) by 7l, 9 ran.
Mixed Message (IRE) 15-8fav (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 5th, led 2 out, held on well, won at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct beating Nellie Forbush (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Carthaginian (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, well beaten final 2f, 10th of 12, well behind Arc Light (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul (flat).
Maraweh (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, hampered 1st, headway after 5th, pushed along before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 22l behind Katachenko (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Tough Trade 11-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5th, 3 lengths down and staying on when fell heavily 3 out, in a race won by Kilgefin Star (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 13 ran.