Betfred Mobile Sports Challow Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
Magic McCoy AP McCoy To Win Exactly 1 Of The Big 4 Races (CH, CC, WH, GC) At The Cheltenham Festival 15/8
- Winning time: 5m 59.70s
- Off time: 14:47:42
|1st||6 Taquin Du Seuil||13/8f|
|2nd||4 Easter Day||9||9/2|
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 21
|5||161 11-7 p||P Bowen||J E Moore||135||25/1|
Ballybough Pat (IRE) 29
|5||161 11-7||A J Honeyball||Aidan Coleman||137||5/1|
Clondaw Kaempfer (IRE) 36
|4||161 11-7||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||140||2/1|
Easter Day 35
|4||161 11-7||P F Nicholls||Nick Scholfield||140||9/2|
Lucky Vic (IRE) 191
|6||161 11-7||F Brennan||S Twiston-Davies||120||66/1|
Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 22
|5||161 11-7||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||137||13/8f|
Fingal Bay (IRE)
||5||11-7||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||1/4|
Lucky Vic arrives in good form but it's not up to the level of today's opposition while Awaywiththegreys and Ballybough Pat have both come up short in Graded company before. Jonjo O'Neill has won this with Backspin and Wichita Lineman in recent years and TAQUIN DU SEUIL may well be of similar ability. He made amends for a setback at Ascot when beating previous winner Le Bec six lengths in a Grade 2 at Sandown in heavy ground and gets the vote to go on to better things here. Paul Nicholls last won this contest in 2006 with Denman but the progressive Easter Day faces his toughest task so far after winning at Ascot while Clondaw Kaempfer landed a Listed event at Haydock last month and the step back up in distance is no problem for the previous 2m4f winner at Aintree.
Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 15-8 (11-0) Held up in touch, in touch from 3 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Sandown 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy beating Le Bec (11-4) by 6l, 5 ran.
Easter Day 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, headway after 4 out, upsides after next, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) sft in Nov beating Dursey Sound (11-6) by 4l, 8 ran.
Ballybough Pat (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5th, challenged 2 out, ridden when hit last, no impression on winner flat, stayed on, 2nd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Fair Along (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, went 2nd after 2 out, no chance with winner, one pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Bear's Affair (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Lucky Vic (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Chased leader, led 4 out, clear from 3 out, pressed last, under pressure run-in, found extra near finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jun beating Oca De Thaix (10-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Clondaw Kaempfer (IRE) 6-5fav (11-6) Close up, led 3 out, quickened between last 2, jumped right and hit last, ridden and ran on strongly, won at Haydock 2m Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov beating Lienosus (11-0) by 4l, 6 ran.