Tony Connell Memorial Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 22.80s
- Off time: 14:51:41
|1st||3 Clues And Arrows||4/5f|
|2nd||1 Bop Along||2||3/1|
|3rd||5 Vasco Pierji||17||9/1|
Bop Along (IRE) 42
|7||166 11-12||M Smith||Adam Nicol (5)||110||3/1|
Walser (IRE) 16
|7||161 11-7 b||J Wade||B Hughes||105||22/1|
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 24
|6||161 11-7||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||105||4/5f|
Hi Bob 13
|6||156 11-2||Lucinda Egerton||Danny Cook||100||20/1|
Vasco Pierji (FR) 24
|5||154 11-0 b1||D McCain Jnr||K Renwick||98||9/1|
Princess Bella (IRE) 20
|5||154 11-0||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||98||8/1|
Marlborough House 52
|4||153 10-13 p||C Grant||Ryan Mania||102||22/1|
Grethel (IRE) 2
|10||140 10-0||A Berry||B Harding||74||16/1|
Clouds Of Mist
||8||10-11||Mrs S Gardner||Miss L Gardner||8/1|
CLUES AND ARROWS looks just the sort to prosper during the spring and summer months for the O'Neill team and can complete the hat-trick despite a mighty 18lb hike from the assessor for an effortless success in a Bangor handicap last time. Princess Bella posted a decent effort when runner-up to Queen Spud at Fakenham when last seen and should be suited by the extra trip here. Still a maiden, she looks a possible danger along with Bop Along, nicely progressive over timber but facing a tough task to concede weight to the selection. Hi Bob has started at massive prices on all runs but did show some ability last time when runner-up at Sedgefield this month and could be on the improve.
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 2-1fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, always travelling well, led on bit 3 out, drew clear before last, very easily, won at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Area Access (11-5) by 7l, 12 ran.
Bop Along (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden when not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Forty Crown (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Vasco Pierji (FR) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, lost place approaching 4 out, 6th of 12, 38l behind Clues And Arrows (10-10) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Walser (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Close up, pushed along and weakened before 11th, 8th of 9, well behind See Double You (11-5) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Grethel (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced after next, went 3rd after last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Gold Chain (10-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs nov sll hdl (5) gf.
Hi Bob 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, went remote 3rd when mistake 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Final Pass (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Princess Bella (IRE) 11-2 (10-6) Always prominent, ridden before 2 out, held by winner last, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Queen Spud (11-3) at Fakenham 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Marlborough House 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 24l behind Wintered Well (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.