12:15 Sandown

Saturday 7 December 2019

  • Peter & Thelma Brooks Diamond Anniversary 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
  • Class 3  |   1m 7f 216y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:17  |   Winning time: 4m 12.9s
Act Accordingly8
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12| J: D Crosse| T: J C Fox
Sent off at 125-1 on hurdles debut at Newbury (2m; soft) and got no further than the third where he unseated his rider. Looks a major outsider in a similarly hot race, and so he is best watched.
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: J J Burke| T: Jonjo O'Neill| D
Took quite a big backwards step at Chepstow (2m3f; good to soft) when finishing down the field in seventh. Hurdles debut at Warwick (2m; good) the time before that offered plenty of promise when he was third to the unbeaten Tea Clipper.
Black Gerry237
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: Joshua Moore| T: G L Moore
One of two ex point-to-pointers who line up for the yard. Difficult to weigh up the strength of his only effort in that sphere when runner-up at Dromahane (3m; soft). Market check advised.
De Barley Baskett47
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12| J: D A Jacob| T: B Pauling
Point-to-point recruit who was fifth on hurdles/rules debut for this yard at Plumpton (2m; soft) in what was a moderate race. Well-related but will need to step up markedly on that form. Would like to see the yard firing again after a quiet spell.
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: T J O'Brien| T: P J Hobbs
Finished fifth on hurdles debut at Wincanton (1m7f; good) in the same race Fiddlerontheroof was second in. Work to do to reverse the 15-and-a-half length gap between him and that rival. Looks the type to get better with experience.
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: R M Power| T: C L Tizzard| OR:  137| BF| D
Managed to finish runner-up to the exciting Thyme Hill on debut for this yard in the Persian War at Chepstow (2m3f; soft). It was therefore a major surprise when he was just beaten at Wincanton (1m7f; good) last month. Major chance of making amends.
Grey Getaway26
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: H Cobden| T: P F Nicholls
Not disgraced on seasonal reappearance. However, he produced a well below-par performance at Kempton (2m5f; good) when only managing to finish eighth. Respected with top yard in-form, but on form alone he has quite a bit to prove.
Needhams Gap595
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: J E Moore| T: G L Moore
Form of his sole point-to-point win when beating Southern Sam (now rated 124) at Courtown (3m; soft) needs respecting. Does need to defy a 595-day absence as that win came back in April 2018. Market likely to be the best guide to his chances.
Never posed any real threat in bumpers, and he posted a similarly low-key effort at Newbury (2m; good to soft) on hurdles/seasonal debut last month. Highly unlikely to be involved at the business end of proceedings. Can be opposed with ease.
Suffered heavy defeat on hurdles debut at Cheltenham (2m; good to soft) on return to action. Failed to create any impression in a lesser race last time out, and he looks to be up against it as he steps back up in class.
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: B S Hughes| T: N J Henderson
Posted a highly encouraging start to life under rules when runner-up to his stablemate in a Newbury (2m; good to soft) bumper. The winner of that contest (Son Of Camas) has since gone in again. Solid claims on hurdles debut.
Tailed off on hurdles debut at Exeter (2m1f; soft) last month in what was a good race. This looks a similarly decent contest, and he has an impossible task on all known form. Can only be watched.
Daphne Du Clos316
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-5| J: James Bowen| T: N J Henderson| BF| D
Career has been held up with injury over the past couple of seasons. Disappointed on only start last season when making long-awaited hurdles debut at Huntingdon (2m; good to soft). Could build on early promise granted a clear run this season.



Fiddlerontheroof (8/13), Timberman (7/2), Daphne Du Clos (9/2), Arrivederci (16/1), Needhams Gap (16/1), Espion (33/1), Black Gerry (33/1), Grey Getaway (33/1), De Barley Basket (66/1), Storm Force Ben (80/1), Silver Nickel (100/1), Act Accordingly (100/1), Watar Allstar (100/1)


A opening novice hurdle with a fair amount of potential on show. Point-to-point scorer Needhams Gap is interesting, as is Timberman who was second on debut to a rival who has since franked that form. Daphne Du Clos must also prove her wellbeing after she flopped on her only start last season, but her form in bumpers suggests she has plenty of ability. However, this looks like a good opportunity for FIDDLERONTHEROOF to gain compensation for his odds-on reverse at Wincanton last time out. His form prior to that when runner-up to Thyme Hill in the Persian War Novices' Hurdle is the strongest on offer and he is well thought of by connections.
  1. Fiddlerontheroof
  2. Timberman
  3. Daphne Du Clos

Previous Winners

I Can't Explain
Weight: 10-12  |Age: 5

Prize Money

1st: £6,256.002nd: £1,848.003rd: £924.004th: £462.005th: £231.006th: £116.00

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