Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 22.40s
- Off time: 14:50:50
|7||159 11-5||R Dickin||C Poste||110||6/1|
African Swan 69
|5||152 10-12 t||D Brace||Mr T J Flint (7)||33/1|
Cevaro (IRE) 79
|5||152 10-12||N J Henderson||Jack Sherwood (7)||13/8f|
Emerald Rose 245
|6||152 10-12||J S Smith||Wayne Hutchinson||50/1|
Lillybrook (IRE) 69
|7||152 10-12||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||25/1|
Ma Toolan (IRE) 126
|6||152 10-12 t1||D M Loughnane||A P Cawley||110||11/4|
|6||152 10-12||Jennie Candlish||Sean Quinlan||150/1|
Shady Lane 63
|6||152 10-12||A King||R Thornton||6/1|
Va'vite (IRE) 10
|6||152 10-12||A Middleton||James Banks (7)||12/1|
Definite Memories (IRE)
||5||10-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||6/5|
Valrene made a bold bid to follow up her win at Towcester when runner-up back at the same track in December and should be thereabouts again. Bumper winner CEVARO was no match for Mischievous Milly at Fakenham on her hurdling debut but normal progress should see her enhance Nicky Henderson's excellent strike rate at this track and she gets the nod. Ma Toolan can be given a chance on her placed efforts, though her latest second at Worcester wasn't much of an improvement, and Va Vite could go well on her first start over timber having won a bumper at Newton Abbot back in August.
Va'vite (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 28l behind Bally Rone (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy.
Cevaro (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Keen in touch, hit 2nd, ridden to lead 3 out, headed before next, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 9, 21l behind Mischievous Milly (10-10) at Fakenham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Valrene 11-8fav (11-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 5th, ridden after 2 out, switched left 2 out, soon went 2nd, mistake last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Weather Babe (11-0) at Towcester 2m Mares NH Novice Hurdle (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Shady Lane 5-1 (10-10) Held up in rear , headway 3 out, effort & chance next, no extra run in, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Ballinahow Star (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Ma Toolan (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Took keen hold, led until 3rd, led 5th, ridden 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Young Victoria (10-10) at Worcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Emerald Rose 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden 9f out, never in contention, 8th of 16, 38l behind Blue Article (10-10) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jun.
Scheherazadesdream 66-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 50l behind Niki Royal (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Lillybrook (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) With leaders on outside, lost place over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.
African Swan 66-1 (10-9) Prominent on inside, led over 3f out to over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 10, 26l behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.