13:35 Sedgefield

Thursday 14 November 2019

All12:3013:0013:3514:1014:4515:1515:50

MansionBet Faller Insurance Novices' Hurdle

Class 4  |   2m 178y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   11 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 13:36  |   Winning time: 4m 24.8s
Weighed In
1
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Jamie Hamilton |  T: M Walford
13/2

53-rated on the Flat (2-25); carries a 7lb penalty for his shock 50-1 debut hurdles win at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) - beat Rebel Leader by 1½L; additional improvement required.

2
Alphh,t1229
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Nathan Moscrop |  T: Rebecca Menzies
50/1

Based with Nicky Henderson during his bumper career (0-4), was turned over at odds of 4-11f on debut at Ludlow in May 2018; wears a hood and a tongue-tie on hurdles/stable debut (sold for £2,000 in May).

3
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Lucy Alexander |  T: N W Alexander
20/1

Milan gelding; purchased for £18,000 in May after finishing runner-up in a Monksgrange maiden (3m) the previous month; on pedigree, should possess the speed for this 2m trip, albeit with chasing very much on the agenda in the long-term.

4
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Joe Williamson |  T: Justin Landy
8/1

Westerner gelding (from a Presenting mare); lacked fluency and was well beaten on rules/hurdles debut at Limerick (2m3f, heavy) in April 2018; returns from a 581-day absence in the care of Justin Landy.

5
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Mr W Easterby |  T: T D Easterby
40/1

Runner-up for Robert Tyner at Kinsale (3m, yielding) in June; sold for £10,500 in August; 33-1 when finishing in the ruck (seventh of 13) on rules debut at Kelso (2m maiden) 19 days ago; considered unlikely.

7
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Danny Cook |  T: Mrs S J Smith
33/1

Cost £30,000 after winning a 3m maiden point-to-point in April (Knightwick); 22-1 when a tailed-off eighth of ten to Multellie on rules/stable/hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) last month.

8
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: R P McLernon |  T: B Haslam
16/1

Twice paced in points (namely third to Malone Road); bought for £145,000 in May 2018; in deep on debut for Harry Fry at Newbury last December; poor comeback run at Southwell three weeks ago and since switched to the care of Ben Haslam.

9
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Mr A Anderson |  T: D Thompson
100/1

Modest on the Flat (42-rated); 100-1 when a backpedalling sixth of 12 to Kingrullah in a C&D maiden (soft) 25 days ago.

10
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: B S Hughes |  T: D McCain Jnr
6/4

Shantou gelding; justified favouritism when a cosy 6L debut winner at Ballycahane (3m maiden) in March; joined Donald McCain/Tim Leslie for £90,000 the following month; very much one for the shortlist on rules/hurdles debut.

11
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Blair Campbell |  T: Miss Lucinda V Russell|  CD
9/4

Cost €200,000 as a yearling, presumably with a Flat career in mind (brother to the 1m2f German winner Chalcot); won a bumper with authority here last month (soft) before making a fair start over hurdles (fifth) at Ayr (2m, soft); place chance.

12
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: J Kington |  T: S G West
33/1

Regressive on the Flat (54-rated; 1-15) and stamina reserves are an obvious concern now switched to hurdling; is considered an unlikely contender on his introduction to obstacles.

Non-Runners

6
Donald Dux13
Weight: 10-12|  Age: 5
T: A Crook  J: Thomas Dowson

Betting

Forecast

Minella Trump (6/4), Order Of Thistle (9/4), Masters Apprentice (13/2), Cheers Jd (8/1), Gameface (16/1), Broadway Joe (20/1), Flamboyant Joyaux (33/1), So You Thought (33/1), Cilluirid (40/1), Alph (50/1), Highwayman (100/1), Donald Dux (100/1)

Verdict

Masters Apprentice carries a penalty for his shock 50-1 debut win at Uttoxeter and that will make his life more difficult in an admittedly modest contest. Meanwhile, the Sedgefield bumper scorer Order Of Thistle made a reasonable fist of hurdling at Ayr (fifth) without necessarily screaming ready-made future winner. Therefore, the standout candidate is surely the Ballycahane point-to-point scorer MINELLA TRUMP. He has since joined Donald McCain and Tim Leslie for £90,000, and at a realistic level should take plenty of beating on rules/hurdles debut under the wing of the championship seeking rider Brian Hughes.
  1. Minella Trump
  2. Order Of Thistle
  3. Broadway Joe

Prize Money

1st: £4,094.002nd: £1,202.003rd: £601.004th: £301.00

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