14:20 Huntingdon

Thursday 22 February 2018

All13:5014:2014:5515:3016:0516:4017:15

    Smarkets Novices' Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 4  |   1m 7f 171y  |   Soft  |   15 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:22  |   Winning time: 4m 8.0s
1st
Horse silk
8
16/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, led flat, stayed on well op 11/1
2nd
Horse silk
1
6
16/1
T: Miss J S DavisJ: Jack Sherwood (3)
Tracked leader, led 3 out, hard pressed from 2 out, headed flat, stayed on op 25/1
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¾
10
11/10f
T: B PaulingJ: Aidan Coleman
Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, slow next, challenged after 3 out, jumped left 2 out, ridden unable to quicken flat op 7/4
4th
Horse silk
nk
7
50/1
T: O SherwoodJ: L P Aspell
Held up in touch in mid-division, closed 5th, every chance 2 out, 4th and no extra towards finish tchd 40/1
5th
Horse silk
6
1
20/1
T: Mrs S J HumphreyJ: T E Whelan
Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, 5th and beaten when not fluent 2 out op 10/1
6th
Horse silk
14
12
8/1
T: Noel WilliamsJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Held up towards rear, modest headway from 3 out, no impression op 9/1 tchd 6/1
7th
Horse silk
12
4
150/1
T: R RoweJ: A Glassonbury
Held up towards rear, hampered 2nd, well beaten after 3 out, hampered 2 out
8th
Horse silk
1
11
50/1
T: B PaulingJ: D A Jacob
Always towards rear, tailed off
9th
Horse silk
½
3
25/1
T: N J GiffordJ: Tom Cannon
Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off op 20/1
10th
Horse silk
30
15
410-7
40/1
T: N P LittmodenJ: Jack Quinlan
Took keen hold in rear, blundered badly 3 out, well behind after op 33/1
11th
Horse silk
30
2
12/1
T: D G BridgwaterJ: T Scudamore
Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 3 out op 10/1 tchd 17/2

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
5
150/1
T: Martin SmithJ: M Goldstein
Not always fluent, behind, tailed off 5th, soon pulled up
F
Horse silk
9
80/1
T: J R JenkinsJ: J M Davies
Held up in mid-division, headway after 5th, 6th and weakening when fell 2 out
UR
Horse silk
13
510-9
16/1
T: P PhelanJ: Sean Houlihan (7)
Tracked leaders on outside, pecked 1st, blundered and unseated rider next op 33/1
UR
Horse silk
14
4/1
T: W GreatrexJ: R Johnson
Jumped right, led, not fluent 4th or 5th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, hampered by faller and unseated rider 2 out op 7/2 tchd 5/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£17.80Pl:£3.70, £4.40, £1.10EX:£248.60Trifecta:£1,134.20SF:£228.20Swingers:£36.90, £4.70, £6.30

Forecasts

World Premier (11/10), Aardwolf (4/1), Diva Du Maquis (8/1), Diplomatico (12/1), Starcrossed (16/1), Oscars Leader (16/1), Mazalto (16/1), Brecon Hill (20/1), Fairway Freddy (25/1), By Rail (40/1), Peur De Rien (50/1), Am I Appropriate (50/1), St Patrick's Day (80/1), Laketour Leader (150/1), No Refund (150/1)

Verdict

Brecon Hill and Oscar's Leader are interesting hurdling debutants whose bumper form gives them hope in a race lacking in worthwhile hurdling form. Aardwolf is a doubtful stayer whilst Starcrossed probably needs further. Diplomatico and Mazalto are worth noting if supported, but the vote has to go to WORLD PREMIER. He beat a couple of subsequent winners when landing a spring bumper and there were excuses when down the field on his hurdling debut. The support he attracted that day suggests he should be good enough to make the most of a drop in class and a revival in the stable's fortunes.
  1. World Premier
  2. Oscars Leader
  3. Aardwolf

Prize Money

1st: £4,549.002nd: £1,336.003rd: £668.004th: £334.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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