13:15 Newbury

Saturday 10 February 2018

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    Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively At Betfair Novices' Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 3  |   2m 69y  |   Soft  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:15  |   Winning time: 4m 17.82s
1st
Horse silk
1
11/8f
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Keen early, soon tracking leaders, 3rd 4 out, led on bit 2 out, soon clear, very easily op 10/11 tchd 11/10
2nd
Horse silk
9
8
4/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T Scudamore
Reared and whipped round start, headway tracking leading pair after 1st, 2nd approaching 4 out, challenged and hit next, led briefly approaching next, ridden and no chance with winner between last 2 tchd 7/2
3rd
Horse silk
¾
3
14/1
T: Noel WilliamsJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Held up in rear, hit 3rd, headway, went never nearer 3rd last, closed on 2nd but never any chance with easy winner
4th
Horse silk
2
5
6/1
T: N J HendersonJ: J McGrath
Took keen hold, held up towards rear, steady headway in 5th before 3 out, went never nearer 4th run-in op 16/1 tchd 18/1
5th
Horse silk
3 ½
10
66/1
T: P PhelanJ: Sean Houlihan (7)
Held up in last pair, headway into modest 5th towards finish, never involved
6th
Horse silk
¾
9
25/1
T: D PipeJ: Michael Heard (5)
Tracked leader who soon went clear, settled in touch after 1st, headway in 4th before 3 out, close 3rd next, weakened run-in
7th
Horse silk
3 ¾
7
12/1
T: J W MullinsJ: Nick Scholfield
Keen, tracked leader after 1st, led 3rd, joined 3 out, headed approaching next, weakened between last 2 op 14/1
8th
Horse silk
19
6
25/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Tended to jump left, reluctant leader, set steady pace but soon clear, reduced lead when went left and headed 3rd, mistake next, lost 2nd when mistake 4 out, weakened before next, mistake 2 out, tailed off
9th
Horse silk
13
4
611-2
33/1
T: Jamie SnowdenJ: Page Fuller (5)
Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off

Also Ran

UR
Horse silk
2
9/2
T: T R GeorgeJ: P J Brennan
Tracking leading pair when jinked left and unseated rider 1st op 11/4

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£1.80Pl:£1.10, £1.20, £9.70EX:£5.90Trifecta:£41.20SF:£5.96Swingers:£1.50, £12.30, £36.00

Forecasts

Whatswrongwithyou (11/8), Rockpoint (4/1), Air Navigator (9/2), Grapevine (6/1), Nelson's Touch (12/1), Another Crick (14/1), Skinflint (25/1), Hardness (25/1), Filemon (33/1), The Premier Celtic (66/1)

Verdict

Air Navigator is a potentially very useful recruit to the hurdling ranks based on his bumper efforts and he is much-respected on this first test over obstacles. Equally, Rockpoint has done little wrong in four starts over flights and should be off the mark somewhere soon. He ran well in an Exeter handicap before Christmas and is a danger receiving weight from his likely market rivals now. There was a lot to like about the manner in which WHATSWRONGWITHYOU saw off a previous winner to open his account over C&D winner last month however and, with the champion trainer enjoying a rich spell, he should take the beating again. Nelson's Touch was a fair way behind the selection in that contest, but could easily have more to offer with the benefit of that hurdling debut under his belt.
  1. Whatswrongwithyou
  2. Air Navigator
  3. Rockpoint

Previous Winners

2017
High Bridge
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 6
1/1

Prize Money

1st: £6,758.002nd: £1,984.003rd: £992.004th: £496.00

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