14:45 Kelso Sun 8 December 2019
- EBF Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)
- 2m 4f 189y,
- 11 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Showed ability in bumpers before scoring at the third time of asking over hurdles at Ayr in October not needing to improve but getting off the mark in fair style. Unfortunate to bump into a real improver on handicap debut last time; certain player.
Bumper and hurdles winner (on her debut) who has racked up three seconds to her name in her subsequent starts, the last two Sedgefield handicaps. Shaped really well last time, going nicely at the head of affairs; gets a good opportunity here.
Cost £130,000 after beating two rivals in point-to-point only to disappoint majorly on her bumper debut (yard out of form at the time). Took a huge step forward on hurdling debut when finishing second (had run of race) at Wetherby; in the mix.
2L Irish point-to-point winner (second start) who looked a work in progress when making her bumper debut (12-1) at Hexham earlier in the year (finished fourth). Makes her hurdles debut but this outing may well be needed as was her bumper debut.
Little to say about her efforts so far in three bumpers and two novice hurdles with all of her outings separated by absences. Looked rusty when last seen at Carlisle plugging on over 2m4f in testing conditions; need this run for a mark.
Managed to punctuate two very ordinary efforts in bumpers with a Hexham second in that sphere although the form of that run is only modest. Made a poor start to her hurdling career after six months of, making a mistake filled debut at Ayr (2m4f).
Winner of her only outing in point-to-points when winning a maiden in that sphere she made a good fist of her Rules debut over hurdles some six months later at Perth. Ran to a fair level when second on that occasion, now needs to build on that here.
Modest efforts for the most part in bumpers having had four outings in that discipline; looking as though she needed the run on her latest start at Ayr. Makes a switch to hurdles for her debut; hard to see her making an immediate impact.
Newcomer, cost €21,000 as a 3yo, half-brother to 2m-2m4f hurdle/useful chase winner Sonofagun and triple bumper winner Bentham. Dam was a bumper winner so enough in the pedigree to think she might get involved at some point over hurdles.
£43,000 purchase in May having scored as favourite at the fourth time of asking by 8L in an Irish mares maiden point-to-point. Yard have a decent record here so she's worth a glance in the market if there are any positive moves for her.
Has shown some aptitude for hurdling but looks the sort who is being brought along carefully with handicaps in mind (should get a mark after this run). Wore a first-time hood (retained) last time; never on terms but was looked after.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N G RichardsJ: R D Day|
Glorious Lady (7/4), Maid O'malley (3/1), Aurora Thunder (3/1), Blossoming Forth (7/2), Bright Side Oflife (13/2), Racks Cross (16/1), Our Promise (50/1), Fair Minx (50/1), Picking Peaches (66/1), Raddle And Hum (66/1), Danced Every Dance (100/1)
- Glorious Lady
- Blossoming Forth
- Aurora Thunder
Anita Chambers makes Top Notch her best Sunday bet and she has a tip for every race at every meeting in the UK and Ireland.
David Ord is in the nap hotseat on Sunday and expects to see a Kerry Lee hurdler return to winning ways.
A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in December 2019.