Straightline Construction 'The French Furze' Novices' Hurdle 2m 6f

  • (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 2, 7 runners)
  • Winner £9,384 2nd £2,772 3rd £1,386 4th £693 5th £346 6th £174
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 31.60s
  • Off time: 13:08:27
Full result
Result 13:05 Newcastle
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Ballyalton 3/1
2nd 4 Oscar Rock ½ 4/9f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 111/2-1
Light green, royal blue and light green hooped sleeves, white cap Ballyalton (IRE) 55
  • T:Ian Williams
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 111/2-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
6 157 11-3 Ian Williams A P McCoy 130 3/1
2 P51-31
White, Light Blue stars, Light Blue sleeves, White stars and stars on cap Blakemount (IRE) 14
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: P51-31
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 157 11-3 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 20/1
3 P4/1-321
Royal Blue, White cross belts, Royal Blue and Yellow chevrons on sleeves Kilbree Chief (IRE) 22
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:P Buchanan
  • Form: P4/1-321
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
5 157 11-3 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 119 33/1
4 B/1211-1
Maroon, Beige star, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Beige star Oscar Rock (IRE) 29
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: B/1211-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 157 11-3 J M Jefferson B Hughes 4/9f
6 12303-
Black, Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, Black cap, Yellow stars Caledonia 49
  • T:J S Goldie
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 12303-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 152 10-12 J S Goldie D F O'Regan 25/1
7 11
Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Five In A Row (IRE) 37
  • T:B Ellison
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: 11
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 B Ellison J Reveley 14/1
8 2/9670-4
Emerald Green, Red hoop, White sleeves, Red cap Master Murphy (IRE) 22
  • T:Mrs J Walton
  • J:Alistair Findlay
  • Form: 2/9670-4
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 93
  • Naps:
8 152 10-12 Mrs J Walton Alistair Findlay 93 150/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
5 22/3-
Bishops Gate (IRE) 291
  • Nag Me
  • T:N G Richards
  • J:Brian Harding
  • Form: 22/3-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 1012 N G Richards Brian Harding NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Green Flag (IRE)
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:P Buchanan
5 11-3 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 9/2
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In depth

Verdict

After being beaten on his bumper debut, OSCAR ROCK won two much better races at Newbury before making a hugely impressive hurdling debut at Wetherby on his reappearance, his first start for Malcolm Jefferson- he'll take some beating here. Five In A Row landed an Irish point last September and could hardly have been more impressive on his opening run for Brian Ellison in a Carlisle bumper last month so looks a threat. Ballyalton has won a point-to-point, two bumpers and a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter which he did with the utmost ease so he's another who will ensure the likely favourite doesn't have everything his own way. Caledonia won a bumper at Kelso on his debut and ran in the championship race at Cheltenham. He's been running on the Flat this summer and finished a close fourth in a 2m2f handicap at York last time.

Formwatch

Bishops Gate (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, soon went 3rd, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Deepsand (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.

Ballyalton (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4 out, led narrowly next, 3 lengths advantage when left well clear next, unchallenged after (no time taken), won at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct beating Curzon Line (11-0) by 15l, 14 ran.

Oscar Rock (IRE) 8-15fav (10-12) Disputed lead, led before 3 out, soon clear, mistake last, ran on strongly, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs beating Run Ructions Run (10-5) by 19l, 10 ran.

Blakemount (IRE) 4-7fav (10-12) Led from 1st, made rest, not fluent 6th, clear before last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Sir Mangan (10-12) by 7l, 8 ran.

Five In A Row (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, clear final furlong, won at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct beating The Last Samuri (11-0) by 9l, 14 ran.

Kilbree Chief (IRE) 13-8fav (10-5) Made all, ridden clear before last, kept on, driven out, won at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft beating Romany Ryme (10-5) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.

Master Murphy (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 4th of 8, 26l behind Morning Time (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.

Caledonia 28-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, went 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 19, 4l behind Killyglass (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gs in Apr.