Howden Joinery Novices' Hurdle 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 32.40s
- Off time: 15:20:34
|1st||2 Neptune Equester||11/4|
|2nd||3 Westward Point||1½||7/4f|
|3rd||9 Teo Vivo||26||12/1|
My Idea 20
|7||161 11-7 t||M A Barnes||S Mulqueen (7)||111||8/1|
Neptune Equester 39
|10||161 11-7||B Ellison||Danny Cook||128||11/4|
Westward Point 46
|6||161 11-7||W Greatrex||A P McCoy||122||7/4f|
Beaney Tunes 37
|7||155 11-1||J Wade||K Renwick||40/1|
Crabbie's Cloudy (IRE) 34
|6||155 11-1||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||20/1|
First Of Never (IRE) 354
|7||155 11-1||Miss L C Siddall||T Siddall||100/1|
Halley (FR) 374
|6||155 11-1||T R George||P J Brennan||10/3|
|6||155 11-1||T D Walford||P Buchanan||100/1|
Teo Vivo (FR) 22
|6||155 11-1 t||J Ewart||B Hughes||12/1|
WESTWARD POINT beat decent opposition in a better race at Warwick last month and is on an upward curve. He may be capable of improving past handicappers My Idea and Neptune Equester. The latter alternates between fences and hurdles but did win over course and distance on Boxing Day and handles soft ground. Halley is a Grade 1 winner over fences in France but hasn't really fired since joining Tom George, though he would have a chance on his run over the smaller obstacles behind Deireadh Re at Cheltenham last season if fully wound-up. Teo Vivo was third over 2m4f at Newcastle on his hurdles bow and preferred to Ayr runner-up Crabbie's Cloudy of the others.
Neptune Equester 20-1 (10-7) Towards rear, ridden and weakened 5 out, 8th of 14, 32l behind Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Westward Point 14-1 (11-4) Made all, soon clear until before 5 out, ridden and soon pressed, drew clear again before 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on gamely, driven out towards finish, won at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb beating Ballylifen (11-4) by 1l, 8 ran.
Teo Vivo (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out until no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Indian Castle (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
My Idea 17-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, outpaced before 2 out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Anna's Arch (11-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Halley (FR) 14-1 (10-7) last of 9, well behind Pistolet Rouge (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 6f chs Grade 3 (1) sft in Mar '12.
Beaney Tunes 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, chased winner 6th, ridden next, weakened last, 5th of 7, 24l behind Picks Milan (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Crabbie's Cloudy (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden before next, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 22l behind Dreams Of Milan (11-10) at Ayr 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
First Of Never (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, ridden over 5f out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Fascino Rustico (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Nimko 200-1 (10-9) Behind from 5th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 20 ran.