RR Elite Novices' Handicap Hurdle (In Aid Of West Berkshire Mencap) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 21.18s
  • Off time: 16:00:40
Full result
Result 16:00 Newbury
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Whispering Harry 2/1j
2nd 5 Fond Memory ½ 13/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
3 123-551
Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Minella Reception (IRE) 23
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 123-551
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-9t
  • OR: 114
  • Naps:
8 163 11-9 t Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 114 2/1j
4 00/432
Orange and beige diamonds, beige sleeves, orange diamonds, orange and beige quartered cap Daveron (IRE) 23
  • T:J Scott
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 00/432
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 J Scott Nick Scholfield 112 5/1
5 6-2947
Red, grey hoop, dark blue sleeves Fond Memory (IRE) 77
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 6-2947
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 110 13/2
6 3-6631F
Yellow, black stripe, diabolo on sleeves Rior (IRE) 70
  • T:P Henderson
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 3-6631F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-1
  • OR: 106
  • Naps:
7 155 11-1 P Henderson T J O'Brien 106 6/1
7 703213
Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue armlets Whispering Harry 9
  • T:Henry Oliver
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 703213
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 104
  • Naps:
5 153 10-13 Henry Oliver R Johnson 104 2/1j

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 158511
Great Link 8 (ex7)
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:A W Carroll
  • J:Josh Hamer
  • Form: 158511
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 12-0t
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
5 t A W Carroll Josh Hamer 112 NR
2 12-4381
Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 18
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 12-4381
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 117
  • Naps:
6 1112 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 117 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Le Bacardy (FR)
  • T:A W Carroll
  • J:Josh Hamer
7 11-12 A W Carroll Josh Hamer 8/1
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In depth

Verdict

This is a tricky puzzle to solve as the in-form Great Link carries a penalty for his latest win in a higher grade at Ayr last week. Rior has been racing over further but Hawaii Five Nil scored over 2m at Catterick and the second has won since. He's the type to keep improving now he's broken his duck but we'll take MINELLA RECEPTION to confirm the form of his narrow defeat of Daveron at Ludlow earlier this month and land this. He would have won more easily had he not kicked the final flight out of the ground. Fond Memory could be interesting in his first handicap but Whispering Harry is high enough in the weights now.

Formwatch

Great Link 7-1 (9-12) Held up in 3rd, headway before 3 out, led before next, ridden between last 2, kept on under pressure flat, won at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy beating Trucking Along (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.

Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 11-4fav (11-8) Prominent, joined leader 2 out, ridden to lead next, edged left and driven out, won at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy beating Short Takes (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.

Whispering Harry 13-2 (10-5) Led, not fluent 4th, headed 2 out, still upsides last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Baltimore Rock (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.

Fond Memory (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Stood at start for 20 seconds before getting going, held up in rear, not fluent 3rd or 5th, soon pushed along, well beaten after 3 out, 7th of 9, 35l behind Ballyalton (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Dec.

Minella Reception (IRE) 8-15fav (11-3) Made all, came towards stands' side 3 out, narrow advantage when not fluent last, ridden and hard pressed flat, just held on, won at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy beating Daveron (11-3) by hd, 10 ran.

Daveron (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Raced wide, in touch, went 2nd 3 out, challenged last, ridden and every chance flat, kept on, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Minella Reception (11-3) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy.

Rior (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Took keen hold and held up in rear, headway on inside approaching 3 out, chased leading pair 2 out, lost 3rd before last, weakening when fell last, in a race won by Bygones Sovereign (10-8) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 12 ran.