Old Year Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
- Going: Heavy (Chase - Soft)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 22.50s
- Off time: 15:10:36
|1st||1 Bucking The Trend||Evsf|
Bucking The Trend 34
|4||159 11-5||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||Evsf|
Minella For Steak (IRE) 24
|5||159 11-5||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||3/1|
|5||159 11-5||C R Egerton||S Twiston-Davies||113||9/2|
Ballyduag (IRE) 24
|7||152 10-12||Noel Quinlan||Jack Quinlan (3)||40/1|
Brassbound (USA) 63
|4||152 10-12||Mrs Caroline Bailey||A Thornton||10/1|
Brass Monkey (IRE) 18
|5||152 10-12||Mrs S J Humphrey||Jack Doyle||50/1|
Tully Roe (IRE) 19
|4||152 10-12 t||Jonjo O'Neill||Maurice Linehan (7)||10/1|
||6||10-12||N J Henderson||D Bass||10/1|
Winning pointer Minella For Steak returned from a lengthy absence to score at Folkestone on his hurdling debut. He has obvious scope for further progress but it's a worry that runner-up Old Dreams did nothing for the form next time and we'd rather stick with SEEDSMAN, who is more battle-hardened and did well to beat an in-form rival in a Lingfield handicap last month. The going here won't be a problem and he should stay the extra. Bucking The Trend was flying too high at Ascot last time but warrants respect on an earlier victory at Stratford and won't fail through lack of stamina. It will be a surprise if the other four can get competitive.
Bucking The Trend 6-1 (11-3) Held up behind in touch, headway 3 out, chased leaders before next, ridden and no impression between last 2, 5th of 8, 22l behind Easter Day (11-3) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Seedsman 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division on inside, tracked leaders after 3 out, challnged when not much room next, soon ridden and every chance, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov beating Dormouse (11-8) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Minella For Steak (IRE) 6-4fav (10-12) Took keen hold, with leader, disputed from 4th, led 7th until went left and hit 3 out, led again on long run to last, joined and driven last, stayed on strongly to assert final 100 yards, won at Folkestone 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft beating Old Dreams (10-2) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Tully Roe (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 6th, ridden next, weakened 2 out, 7th of 18, 23l behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Brass Monkey (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up, ridden and weakened 2 out, 8th of 10, 39l behind Ericht (10-4) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft.
Ballyduag (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after 4 out, a remote 4th and weakened from 3 out, 4th of 7, 36l behind Woodford County (10-12) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Brassbound (USA) 9-2fav (9-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden 2f out, not clear run inside final furlong, kept on close home, 7th of 14, 6l behind Ansgar (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 60-90 pol in Oct (flat).