Physicool 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (In Aid Of West Berkshire Mencap) 2m 5f
- (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 13 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 25.30s
- Off time: 14:21:12
|1st||4 Big Hands Harry||8/11f|
|2nd||13 Ziga Boy||10||14/1|
Boogie In The Barn (IRE) 21
|6||158 11-4||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||11/4|
Pink Gin 7
|6||158 11-4 t||J A B Old||M D Grant||121||16/1|
Abbey Court (IRE) 467
|6||152 10-12||N J Henderson||D Bass||20/1|
Big Hands Harry 70
|5||152 10-12||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||8/11f|
Fine Words 72
|6||152 10-12||A King||R Thornton||16/1|
|5||152 10-12||M Bradstock||Nico de Boinville (5)||90||80/1|
Foxtail Hill (IRE) 43
|5||152 10-12||Miss R Curtis||J E Moore||66/1|
Lightning Moley (IRE) 1381
|11||152 10-12 t||Miss T Watkins||Benjamin Poste (5)||100/1|
Matripajo (IRE) 72
|5||152 10-12||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||33/1|
Smart Story 12
|7||152 10-12||F O'Brien||P J Brennan||100/1|
Upham Running (IRE) 29
|6||152 10-12||Mrs K A Buckett||Kieron Edgar (5)||100/1|
Withoutdefavourite (IRE) 12
|6||152 10-12||Henry Oliver||R Johnson||33/1|
Ziga Boy (FR) 133
|5||152 10-12||A King||Jack Doyle||14/1|
Berkeley Barron (IRE)
||5||10-12||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||40/1|
Boogie In The Barn followed up his win in a Plumpton bumper by scoring over hurdles at Kempton over today's distance. The second that day has franked the form since so Jeremy Scott's charge looks a danger to all. Pink Gin might be improving and probably came up against a decent novice at Warwick last week having beaten a subsequent winner at Towcester earlier. It's safe to assume that BIG HANDS HARRY is Nicky Henderson's first choice and the winning pointer wouldn't need to improve much on his second to stablemate Royal Boy at Ascot to go one better here. Foxtail Hill should be suited by the switch to hurdles and Ziga Boy has already won over fences in France and also catches the eye.
Big Hands Harry 12-1 (11-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, lost place briefly and pushed along 7th, chased leaders 3 out, led well before 2 out, ridden and joined 2 out, headed going to the last, no chance with easy winner, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Royal Boy (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Dec.
Ziga Boy (FR) (11-2) won at Moulins(FR) 2m 2f 4yo chs sft in Oct beating Vandale De Balme (10-5) by 14l, 8 ran.
Flintham 20-1 (10-7) Led, not fluent 8th, ridden and headed before 3 out, weakening when mistake at hurdle, left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 5, 41l behind Milan Bound (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Fine Words 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along in mid-divsion after 4 out, weakened next, 8th and no chance when went left next, hit last, 7th of 14, 41l behind Brother Brian (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Foxtail Hill (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Pulled hard, led, ran green on stable bend, headed 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 10, 21l behind Buckhorn Timothy (10-11) at Ludlow 2m cond NH flat (5) hvy in Jan.
Pink Gin 5-1 (11-8) Led, headed after 1st, left in lead again before 2nd, pressed from 3 out, blundered 2 out, held in 2nd when blundered last, kept and just held on for 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Cogry (11-8) at Warwick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft.
Boogie In The Barn (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led after 2nd until 4th, stayed pressing, led again on long run to 2 out and soon clear, appeared to idle and reduced lead 2 out, soon pressed, asserted last, came clear flat, won at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Hot Whiskey N Ice (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Withoutdefavourite (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led after 5th, headed before next, pushed along and every chance before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 6, 23l behind Maison De Ville (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Lightning Moley (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up behind leaders, pushed along 6th, lost place next, poor 6th when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 46l behind American World (10-13) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gf in May '10.
Abbey Court (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid div, prog 4out, fair 5th 3out & mstk in 4th 2out, no ex in fair 3rd when lft 2nd last, nvr nrr, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Western Warhorse (11-7) at Affane 3m ire ptp sft in Nov '12.
Matripajo (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 13th of 22, well behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Smart Story 33-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, one pace and no impression final 2f, never involved, 8th of 14, 21l behind Zulu Oscar (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Upham Running (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, jumped slowly 3rd, some headway after 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 27l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-8) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.