Year Of The Horse Conditional Jockeys' Selling Hurdle 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 5, 3 runners)
- Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 2.70s
- Off time: 13:10:47
Makhzoon (USA) 29
|10||163 11-9 v||N W Alexander||Diarmuid O'Regan (5)||119||4/6f|
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 24
|9||160 11-6 p||C R Dore||Conor Shoemark||114||4/1|
Hunters Belt (IRE) 45
|10||159 11-5 vt||F P Murtagh||G B Watters (3)||122||11/4|
||5||1113 t||A W Carroll||Mr J Hamer||112||NR|
||13||115||A Berry||Shaun Dobbin||79||NR|
Minella Theatre (IRE)
||10||11-4||Mrs L Hill||Joshua Moore||6/5|
Great Link arrives in good form having followed up his Ludlow win with victory in an all-weather maiden at Wolverhampton. But he's going to find it tough here conceding weight all round and MAKHZOON looks the one to beat. He's been competing in much better company and his latest second over a longer trip at Ayr is a cut above anything achieved lately by his rivals. Hunters Belt also has his sights lowered but was tailed off when falling over fences here last time and Belle De Fontenay has had her limitations exposed recently. Rare Coincidence faces an impossible task at the weights.
Great Link 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 3 out, driven before last, kept on, won at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd in Dec beating Rolling Dough (10-1) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Rare Coincidence 12-1 (10-12) Led until 8th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 12, 41l behind Pete (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Makhzoon (USA) 8-1 (10-8) Led, headed 2 out, ridden before last, rallied run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Trucking Along (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) In rear, mistake 5th, struggling 7th, lost touch when fell 10th, in a race won by Diocles (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Dec, 5 ran.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Held up in last, cloing when not clear run approaching last (normal 3 out), soon no impression, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 21l behind The Jugopolist (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) hvy.