12:40 Sandown

Saturday 3 February 2018

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

    Betfred 'Home Of Goals Galore' Novices' Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 3  |   1m 7f 216y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places back sraight)  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:40  |   Winning time: 4m 21.37s
1st
Horse silk
5
5/6f
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Tracked leader, shaken up and 2 lengths down when left clear last, eased towards finish op 10/11
2nd
Horse silk
1 ½
1
11/1
T: J W MullinsJ: Kevin Jones (5)
Tracked leading pair, pushed along between last 2, left 2nd and slightly hampered last, stayed on same pace run-in op 10/1
3rd
Horse silk
16
3
50/1
T: A KingJ: N D Fehily
Keen, held up in 5th, closer when left in 4th 2 out, pushed along and no impression between last 2, left in modest 3rd and slightly hampered last op 33/1
4th
Horse silk
8
6
66/1
T: P HideJ: L P Aspell
Held up last, jumped slowly 3rd, struggling from 5th, left remote 4th last, tailed off op 80/1 tchd 100/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
2
511-6
11/8
T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden
Led and set steady pace, green in front and wandered at some flights, quickened approaching 2 out, 2 lengths ahead when fell last op 6/4
UR
Horse silk
4
66/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Took keen hold, held up in 4th, switched left before 2 out, pushed along when pitched on landing and unseated rider 2 out tchd 50/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£1.80Pl:£1.10, £3.40EX:£8.30Trifecta:£62.10SF:£9.79Swingers:£1.40, £8.50, £3.50

Forecasts

Countister (5/6), Ainchea (11/8), Arthington (11/1), Desiremoi D'Authie (50/1), Lightly Squeeze (66/1), It's Got Legs (66/1)

Verdict

Ainchea has some credible form in the book already and ran well enough in a Listed contest Cheltenham last time to command respect over this shorter trip, while the Tizzard team now appears to be coming to the boil nicely. He's respected but this may go to COUNTISTER, a smart French recruit for the champion trainer. She bumper into a decent mare on debut at Newbury before readily getting off the mark at Doncaster from a pair of subsequent winners. With more to come and weight in her favour, she's the one to be on. Arthington is already a three-time winner over timber and is respected but may find it tough carrying top weight against the aforementioned promising pair.
  1. Countister
  2. Ainchea
  3. Arthington

Previous Winners

2017
Coeur de Lion
Weight: 10-10  |Age: 4
7/4

Prize Money

1st: £6,498.002nd: £1,908.003rd: £954.004th: £477.00

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