Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 57.70s
  • Off time: 15:15:31

Full Result

15:15 Kempton Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Irving P F Nicholls 6 11-9 Nick Scholfield 4/6f
SP 4/6f Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 3 out, led on bit between last 2, clear when reached for last, kept on strongly flat, impressive opened 5/6 £500-£600(x2) £417-£500 £400-£500(x2) £1600-£2200 £1200-£1650 £800-£1100(x2) £400-£550
2nd 5 1 Amore Alato Nick Williams 5 11-9 R Johnson 8/1
SP 8/1 Led and soon clear, reduced lead approaching 3rd, ridden when hit 2 out, headed before last, no chance with impressive winner, kept on well for clear 2nd
3rd 5 5 Cup Final (IRE) N J Henderson 5 11-2 A P McCoy 8/1
SP 8/1 Took keen hold early, held up in 5th, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on same pace and went modest 3rd flat opened 15/2
4th 3 4 First Mohican A King 6 11-6 R Thornton 5/1
SP 5/1 Not fluent, tracked leaders in 4th, disputing 3rd at 4th, hit 4 out, not fluent and slightly lost place 3 out, rallied to 3rd again on long run to 2 out, hit 2 out, weakened to 4th flat opened 9/2 £2200-£400
5th ¾ 6 Germany Calling (IRE) C E Longsdon 5 11-2 t N Fehily 28/1
SP 28/1 Raced keenly tracking leader, hit 4 out, lost 2nd before 3 out, weakened 2 out opened 25/1
6th 9 7 Vaihau (FR) Jonjo O'Neill 5 11-2 R P Mclernon 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced on long run to 2 out opened 33/1
7th 37 3 Dubai Prince (IRE) J P Ferguson 6 11-6 h D F O'Regan 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in rear, hit 3rd, beaten and eased from 2 out, tailed off opened 20/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.50 Tote Place £1.10 £3.70 Straight Forecast £6.29 Exacta £5.40 Trifecta £16.20 Swingers 1&2 £1.80, 2&3 £5.70, 1&3 £2.50

Jackpot £7,551.30, Pool: £53178.64, 5.0 winning tickets
Placepot £19.50, Pool: £173826.55, 6505.47 winning tickets
Quadpot £13.70, Pool: £8446.45, 453.25 winning tickets

Analysis

An impressive performance from IRVING who comfortably accounted for a decent yardstick in Amore Alato who appeared to run right up to form. The Ascot win of the six-year-old had been franked by third home Splash Of Ginge in the Betfair Hurdle, a race that Irving himself had been ante-post favourite for until connections decided to swerve it due to the testing ground, and he was very well backed from odds against. Conditions here were drying out but described as holding by the clerk of the course and they proved no problem to the winner who is now unbeaten in four starts and heads to the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' vying for favouritism with Vautour. His trainer has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Irving and it's hard to fault this son of Singspiel who made only one minor error en route to victory and it's hard to knock the front two in the market in a division where few horses have posted displays of genuine championship potential. First Mohican had been talked of as one horse who could do that and he was expected to improve from his hurdling debut at Doncaster where he ran out a narrow winner. He was very weak in the market, however, and was in trouble a long way from home having made a couple of serious mistakes and has a long way to go to make up into the grade one horse that connections hoped he would be. He does have time on his side and this run did come just over two weeks after his win on Town Moor and he may well yet develop into a smart novice but waiting for Aintree rather than heading to Cheltenham may be a better option following this display with the possibility of fitting in a confidence booster at a lower level. Cup Final had been sent off at odds-on to beat Irving at Taunton in November but returned with a cut in his hind leg. This was his first run since and an entirely respectable performance for all that he never threatened the front two. He is out of the very smart hurdler Asian Maze and, while he may not achieve as much as her, it will be surprising if there isn't a good deal better to come in time, perhaps once faced with better ground and a longer trip. Germany Calling kept on reasonably well once headed on this first start since October and should win races in this sphere, perhaps once handicapping. The market suggested that little was expected from French import Vaihau on his British debut and he may not come into his own until faced with a trip on this evidence. Dubai Prince has gone backwards since winning at Leicester on this debut and this smart Flat horse has enough to prove at present, for all that this run may have come too soon.