12:40 Sandown

Saturday 2 February 2019

All12:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:3516:10

888Sport Novices' Hurdle

Class 3  |   1m 7f 216y  |   Soft (Heavy in Places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 12:40  |   Winning time: 4m 9.0s

1
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: S Bowen |  T: H Fry|  OR: 126
7/2

Improving novice, nothing wrong with debut third to classy Brewinupastorm at Huntingdon in December and then battled on well to score at Wincanton last time. Likely to face slower ground, which asks a new question, but clearly going the right way.

2
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Aidan Coleman |  T: C L Tizzard
7/1

Bit disappointing at Newbury last time but earlier close fourth to Bright Forecast there is working out quite well, and would give him every chance here. Track should suit, and holds place chances at worst if bouncing back.

3
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: J McGrath |  T: N J Henderson|  D
15/2

Bumper winner on debut and then seemed to find Bangor's 2m too sharp for him when fourth next time. Hurdles debut here, bred for the job and from top yard, so if handling conditions, may have his chance.

4
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Harry Skelton |  T: D Skelton
20/1

With a yard that turn out winners for fun, nicely enough bred but hasn't shown too much in two bumper starts and may find this a bit too tough. Best watched today.

5
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: H Cobden |  T: C L Tizzard
12/1

Looked to be crying out for hurdles last year, well beaten in the Champion Bumper but had been successful on debut and didn't run badly at Newbury on hurdles debut. Will improve and can't be totally ruled out, with best clearly yet to come.

6
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Sam Twiston-Davies |  T: C L Tizzard
25/1

In good hands, but the highlight of his three starts so far is a third in a moderate Plumpton novice hurdle and that wouldn't be good enough to shake up the principals here. Likely to need more of a trip. and time.

7
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: T Scudamore |  T: Ian Williams
14/1

Useful performer on the Flat (stayed 14f) but showed some wayward tendencies on hurdles debut at Leicester when running out early on. Ground probably on the soft side for him here too and overall, is best watched.

8
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Nico de Boinville |  T: N J Henderson|  BFWS
13/2

Looked very much in need of further when second in a bumper at Huntingdon in the May of 2017, and not seen since then either, which suggests he's had issues. May do better at some point, but can only be watched after such an absence today.

9
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: D A Jacob |  T: Suzi Best
16/1

Knew how to win on the Flat (for Marjorie Fife) when the opportunity arose but plenty late enough in the day to be going hurdling, and looks one for summer handicaps rather than today. Best watched on first start for new yard.

10
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: Joshua Moore |  T: G L Moore|  D
10/1

Very nice pedigree and justified favouritism on debut at Lingfield in a mares bumper, battling on well and showing a good attitude. Needs plenty more on hurdles debut here but one of the more interesting ones.

11
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-4  |  J: James Bowen |  T: G L Moore
33/1

Looked exposed as very moderate on the Flat and has no realistic chance unless the hurdles spark a miraculous change of heart in him.

12
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-4  |  J: Bryony Frost |  T: D W P Arbuthnot
12/1

Lingfield winner on the Flat off a mark of 78 (for Michael Bell) last August, stayed 12f so ought to find this trip within his compass but this is a tough contest to be pitched in for your hurdles debut. Others readily preferred.

13
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-4  |  J: Wayne Hutchinson |  T: A King|  D
9/2

Stayed 2m on the Flat (when with Mark Prescott) and won a handicap at that trip on the Tapeta in October. Nice enough hurdles debut at Newbury, giving the impression better stamina test will suit. Gets weight and not discounted.

Betting

Forecast

Winston C (7/2), Praeceps (9/2), Raising The Bar (13/2), Beaufort West (7/1), El Kaldoun (15/2), Bullfrog (10/1), Neverbeen To Paris (12/1), Jaytrack Parkhomes (12/1), Paddy A (14/1), Red Charmer (16/1), Elton Des Mottes (20/1), Little Vern (25/1), Drifting Star (33/1)

Verdict
Winston C already has a win to his name and is progressive, but he's got to give a chunk of weight away to the 4yo PRAECEPS, who will relish this if it turns into a stamina test and will improve on his first start at Newbury. He stayed well on the Flat and is likely to want further over hurdles in time. Beaufort West holds a great chance on his form behind Bright Forecast at Newbury in November and can take a prize home.
  1. Praeceps
  2. Beaufort West
  3. Winston C

Previous Winners

2018
Countister
Weight: 10-13  |Age: 6
Weight: 10-13  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: B J Geraghty
  |  
T: N J Henderson
5/6
Prize Money
1st:
£6,256.00
2nd:
£1,848.00
3rd:
£924.00
4th:
£462.00
5th:
£231.00
6th:
£116.00

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