14:45 Fakenham Fri 14 February 2020

  • British EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 3)
  • 2m 4f 1y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 4 Runners
  • Winner£8,317.002nd£2,442.003rd£1,221.004th£611.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 18.3sOff time:14:52:30
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1
511-12OR: 137
1/6

Top yard has won this race 3 times in last 8 years. Looks exciting prospect and unbeaten in both hurdles starts since moving over from France. Holds Supreme Novices' entry and surely has to win here to remain on course for that Grade 1 contest.

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2
11/1

Fair sort placed in Listed bumper last term. Scored at Huntingdon in November on hurdles bow then faded fast on easy ground having looked dangerous 2 out when well beaten at Kempton latest. Going has to be a concern on evidence of latest display.

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3
511-2OR:
8/1

Unexposed French bred gelding who shaped with promise on debut for current yard at Plumpton, tiring late on after 366 day absence. Should strip fitter but needs to show more to trouble likely market leader.

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4
511-2OR:
20/1

Winning debut in Worcester bumper in September and fair third under penalty time after. Tailed off on hurdles bow on soft at Ffos Las last time, spokesperson saying horse needed sounder surface. Conditions may not be ideal and has a bit to prove.

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Last Year's Winner

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Pistol Whipped511-213/8
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville

Betting

Forecast

Fix Sun (1/6), Fraternel (8/1), Book Of Invasions (11/1), Leroy Brown (20/1)

Verdict

On everything we've seen so far it is hard to oppose the doubly penalised FIX SUN who looks a decent prospect. Despite his penalties he should have too many guns for the opposition. If the selection fails to run his race Fraternel may prove pick of the remainder and he should be sharper now for a debut spin. Both Book Of Invasions and Leroy Brown appeared to struggle on easy ground last time so there has to be a doubt about them on the forecast going, although the drop in trip may aid the latter.
  1. Fix Sun
  2. Fraternel
  3. Leroy Brown

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