Inkerman E.B.F. Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.10s
- Off time: 15:17:20
|1st||3 Carole's Spirit||11/8f|
|7||160 11-6||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||133||8/1|
Tropical Three (IRE) 47
|5||160 11-6||M Hourigan||A P McCoy||122||8/1|
Carole's Spirit 25
|5||156 11-2||R Walford||N Fehily||11/8f|
Midnight Cataria 36
|4||156 11-2||A King||W Hutchinson||28/1|
|5||150 10-10||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||11/4|
Oscar's Pet (IRE) 37
|5||150 10-10||T Symonds||Felix De Giles||66/1|
Tagrita (IRE) 201
|5||150 10-10||P F Nicholls||S Twiston-Davies||11/2|
||5||11-2||H Fry||N Fehily||9/4|
Toubeera was well beaten in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last time but had won at Huntingdon and Uttoxeter earlier. Irish raider Tropical Three has similar credentials but Carole's Spirit possibly has more scope, though made hard work of beating Fountain's Mary, who has been well beaten since, at Plumpton. Midnight Cataria scraped home at Ludlow on her hurdling debut but FABRIKA may be good enough to make a winning start over timber. She won a bumper here in March and was far from disgraced when fourth in a Listed contest at Cheltenham subsequent when Midnight Cataria was only sixth. Tagrita won a point-to-point by 15 lengths in May and it would be no surprise to see her prominent as well.
Carole's Spirit 2-5fav (10-10) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 9th, went 2nd going well before 2 out, soon led, very cheekily, won at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy beating Fountains Mary (10-7) by nk, 5 ran.
Fabrika 7-2fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway on outside 11f out, pressing for 2nd from over 1f out, no impression on winner, stayed on, 4th of 17, 5l behind Down Ace (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
Tagrita (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Made all, 2l adv 6out, easily went clr from 2out, row, v impressive, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Liz's D'estruval (11-7) by 15l, 13 ran.
Toubeera 8-1 (10-11) With leader, ridden and outpaced approaching 3 out, soon lost place, weakened next, 7th of 8, 40l behind Creepy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gd.
Midnight Cataria 11-10fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3rd until hit 5th, switched left to take 2nd again 3 out, not fluent 2 out, challenged last, led and edged right flat, driven out, won at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Forgivienne (10-7) by hd, 5 ran.
Oscar's Pet (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 4th, driven after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 11, 6l behind In By Midnight (10-10) at Worcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Tropical Three (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 2nd, a little keen, 2nd approaching 6 out, closed up on leader 4 out, pushed along into straight, dropped to last and no extra from 2 out, last of 5, 20l behind Indevan (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Oct.