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  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 16 runners)
  • Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 12.20s
  • Off time: 15:20:52
Full result
Result 15:20 Towcester
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 If In Doubt 4/5f
2nd 16 Viva Steve 3/1
3rd 15 Upswing 18 50/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 95
Emerald Green & yellow hoops, Royal Blue cap Bold Raider (IRE) 66
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:W Kennedy
  • Form: 95
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill W Kennedy 66/1
2 5-20005
Grey, Pink cross belts, White sleeves, Pink stars, Grey cap, Pink stars Chavoy (FR) 135
  • T:Ferdy Murphy
  • J:Tony Kelly
  • Form: 5-20005
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
8 158 11-4 Ferdy Murphy Tony Kelly (5) 66/1
3 77
Black and White stripes, Yellow sleeves, Black and Yellow striped cap Darlington County 31
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:A P Lane
  • Form: 77
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 D McCain Jnr A P Lane 100/1
4 7
Purple, Red star and sleeves Devil's Province (USA) 112
  • T:R T Phillips
  • J:S Quinlan
  • Form: 7
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 R T Phillips S Quinlan 100/1
5 70
Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, striped sleeves and star on cap Executive Strike 23
  • T:N J Pomfret
  • J:Trevor Whelan
  • Form: 70
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 N J Pomfret Trevor Whelan (5) 200/1
6 6
Maroon, black epaulets and sleeves Goodacres Garden (IRE) 46
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 6
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 33/1
7 22
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap If In Doubt (IRE) 44
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 22
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 P J Hobbs A P McCoy 4/5f
8 0-
EMERALD GREEN & yellow HOOPED, Red cap It's A New Day 282
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 0-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill D C Costello 28/1
9 1
BLACK, WHITE cross belts, BLACK cap, RED diamond Loxendor (FR) 236
  • T:Ferdy Murphy
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 11/1
10 3-6
BROWN, WHITE hoop, hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap Marmalade Man 41
  • T:J W Mullins
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: 3-6
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4b1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 b1 J W Mullins A Thornton 16/1
11 4
Light Blue, Yellow chevrons on sleeves Runaway Green (FR) 14
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: 4
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 Miss V Williams S Thomas 40/1
12 P23F1-0
Yellow, Black diamond, Black sleeves, Yellow stars Signed Request (IRE) 103
  • T:Henry Oliver
  • J:H Oliver
  • Form: P23F1-0
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 Henry Oliver H Oliver 66/1
13 56
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Tackler (IRE) 33
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:Maurice Linehan
  • Form: 56
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (5) 16/1
14 4-56
Red, black seams, white sleeves, black armlets, black cap Teenage Dream (IRE) 19
  • T:D Shaw
  • J:O Garner
  • Form: 4-56
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 D Shaw O Garner (7) 50/1
15 4
Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Upswing 22
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:Mr A J Berry
  • Form: 4
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill Mr A J Berry (3) 50/1
16 2
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Viva Steve (IRE) 73
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 2
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 M R Channon D Elsworth 3/1

In depth

Verdict

Jonjo O'Neill runs four in this novices' hurdle, three of them owned by J P McManus. But retained jockey A P McCoy rides IF IN DOUBT for Philip Hobbs and the five-year-old should make it third-time lucky after seconds in a bumper at Bangor and on his hurdling debut at Folkestone. Doncaster bumper fourth Upswing may prove best of O'Neill's quartet while Ferdy Murphy saddles last June's Hexham bumper winner Loxendor. Runaway Green should be all the better for his fourth at Wincanton and Viva Steve was only beaten half-a-length in a Plumpton bumper in November and makes more appeal than the McCain pair Darlington County and Goodacres Garden.

Formwatch

If In Doubt (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) In touch, headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd on long run to last, 2nd before last, crossed last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Lord Of House (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.

Viva Steve (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Led, headed 7f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Fountains Mary (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.

Upswing 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 18l behind Dance Of Time (11-5) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs.

It's A New Day 11-1 (11-4) In rear, no impression from 3f out, 11th of 23, 30l behind Grand Jesture (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr.

Marmalade Man 33-1 (11-1) Keen hold in rear, pushed along over 4f, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 25l behind Captain Cutter (11-4) at Ascot 2m NH flat Listed (1) hvy in Dec.

Teenage Dream (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, some headway before 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 17, 43l behind Up And Go (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft.

Chavoy (FR) 4-1 (10-10) 5th of 9, 23l behind Umiro (11-0) at Compiegne(FR) 2m 5f clm chs sft in Sep.

Darlington County 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden after 4th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.

Loxendor (FR) 25-1 (10-5) Held up, headway 12f out, led 2f out, soon clear, stayed on, won at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jun beating Langley House (10-1) by 11l, 10 ran.

Bold Raider (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 29l behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.

Devil's Province (USA) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, soon pushed along 7f out, modest late progress, never on terms, 7th of 13, 29l behind Bob Tucker (11-4) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.

Tackler (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, reminder after 4th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 20, 23l behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.

Goodacres Garden (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 17l behind Standintheband (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.

Runaway Green (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 22l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-11) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) sft.

Signed Request (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders until 5f out, 12th of 17, 25l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.

Executive Strike 200-1 (11-0) With leader, pecked 3rd, lost place 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.