Event Company With 300 Attractions Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 5f 110y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,079 2nd £611 3rd £305 4th £153
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 9.00s
- Off time: 17:01:15
|1st||5 Noir Girl||10/1|
|2nd||4 Ravens Nest||nse||14/1|
Curragh Hall (IRE) 25
|6||166 11-12 p||D Skelton||Harry Skelton||98||7/2|
Toot Sweet (IRE) 543
|7||162 11-8||H D Daly||A P McCoy||94||11/4|
|5||161 11-7 p||David Dennis||Aidan Coleman||93||10/1|
Ravens Nest 230
|4||158 11-4||Mrs L Hill||D Bass||93||14/1|
Noir Girl 37
|5||155 11-1 p1||P A Kirby||Adam Nicol (5)||87||10/1|
Original Star (IRE) 263
|9||155 11-1||D Frankland||L Treadwell||87||20/1|
Speed Check (IRE) 12
|7||154 11-0 p||D E Cantillon||Conor Shoemark (3)||86||7/4f|
Don Cantillon is a shrewd operator and he serves up SPEED CHECK here off bottomweight despite his charge going in search of the hat-trick after a couple of victories, both quite cosily achieved, in the last three weeks or so. Conor Shoemark has been in the plate for both those successes and the combination should prove tough to beat with ground to suit and stamina no issue. Heston was behind the selection last time, as was Curragh Hall on his last start, but it's hard to see either overturning the form despite a healthy weight swing in their favour. They look the main threats though, although Toot Sweet would be interesting if market support came her way after an absence of 543 days.
Noir Girl 7-1 (10-2) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed last, no chance with front pair flat, lost modest 3rd towards finish, 4th of 6, 18l behind Poetic Verse (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Ravens Nest 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, lost place before 3rd (normal 4 out), soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Hint Of Mint (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Curragh Hall (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway and in touch on inside 4 out, driven to chase winner between last 2 to before last, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 8, 12l behind Speed Check (9-9) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Heston 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, one pace before next, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Speed Check (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Original Star (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, struggling 14th, tailed off, 7th of 9, 47l behind Ifyousayso (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Dec.
Toot Sweet (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Held up in touch in last pair, not fluent 2nd or 6th, headway after 4 out, pressed for 3rd from 3 out, stayed on, not able to get on terms, 4th of 7, 5l behind Grassfinch (11-7) at Ludlow 3m cond mdn hdle (3) gs in Feb '13.
Speed Check (IRE) 2-1fav (10-8) Led, headed 2nd, led again 3 out, hung left before last, ridden out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Mac Le Couteau (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.