Openwork Foundation Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (3yo+, 2m, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 16.50s
- Off time: 15:40:25
|1st||2 Thundering Home||28/1|
|2nd||7 Benny The Swinger||3||10/11f|
Petit Ecuyer (FR) (ex7) 7
|6||173 12-5||G L Moore||Mr L Oswin (8)||100||3/1|
Thundering Home 39
|5||157 11-3||N R Mitchell||Tom Bellamy (5)||91||28/1|
Tiradia (FR) 99
|5||156 11-2||J R Jenkins||Brendan Powell||90||9/1|
Grace And Beauty (IRE) 65
|4||152 10-12||P Henderson||James Best||86||25/1|
Knockdolian (IRE) 630
|5||151 10-11||P R Webber||Jake Greenall||85||6/1|
Cossack Prince 72
|7||151 10-11 p||Mrs L J Mongan||Joshua Moore||85||33/1|
Benny The Swinger (IRE) 6
|7||150 10-10||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||84||10/11f|
||7||10-7||Jim Best||C O'Farrell||11/10|
A pretty modest finale and it's not difficult to see Plumpton winner Petit Ecuyer going close again under a penalty as Lee Oswin claims 8lb. However, BENNY THE SWINGER would have bolted up over fences at Fakenham last week had Brendan Powell not steered his mount the wrong side of the winning post having jumped the last. The bottom weight races off the same mark here and can recoup losses. It's not easy to make much of a case for any of the others.
Thundering Home 33-1 (10-7) In touch, blunderd 4th, fell next, in a race won by Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct, 20 ran.
Benny The Swinger (IRE) 5-4fav (11-1) Jumped right, led, blundered 4 out, clear approaching last, sure to win very easily when rider took wrong course after last, in a race won by Peak Seasons (9-4) at Fakenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs, 6 ran.
Tiradia (FR) 18-1 (10-12) Jumped right and mistakes in rear, effort 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 10, 50l behind Robbie (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Knockdolian (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on inner and took keen hold, mistake 2nd and rider lost iron, in rear from 4th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 6, 30l behind Katchmore (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar '11.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 13-2 (11-9) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, led before 2 out, quickened clear, easily, won at Plumpton 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Just Beware (10-11) by 9l, 9 ran.
Cossack Prince 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, 12th of 14, 39l behind Kapdor (10-9) at Worcester 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Grace And Beauty (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led, joined 4 out, headed into straight, soon no extra, 7th of 9, 36l behind Love Rory (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Sep.