13:05 Newcastle

Saturday 21 December 2019

All12:0012:3013:0513:4014:1514:5015:20

bet365 Novices' Hurdle

Class 4  |   2m 4f 62y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   6 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 13:06  |   Winning time: 5m 33.7s

1st
3
610-12
2/9f
T: Ruth JeffersonJ: Jamie Hamilton
Made all, shaken up when pressed after 2 out, ridden clear flat, stayed on well op 1/5 tchd 1/2
2nd
8
1
11/2
T: D W WhillansJ: Callum Whillans (3)
Raced keenly, tracked winner, effort when not fluent 3 out, ridden and every chance after next, one pace when blundered last, well held flat op 5/1 tchd 2/1
3rd
1
7
9/2
T: S CorbettJ: James Corbett (5)
Not fluent virtually throughout, held up behind on outside, headway before 3 out, chased front pair before next, soon ridden and outpaced, kept on flat, no impression op 10/1 tchd 3/1
4th
49
5
66/1
T: D ThompsonJ: Mr A Anderson (7)
Held up in touch, driven to chase front pair before 3 out, soon ridden, never on terms, weakened from next, tailed off op 50/1 tchd 80/1

Also Ran

PU
2
33/1
T: Daragh BourkeJ: A P Cawley
Chased leaders to 4 out, soon behind and weakened, pulled up next op 25/1 tchd 40/1
PU
6
66/1
T: T ReedJ: Mr Harrison Beswick (5)
Held up behind, pushed along when rider lost iron briefly turning in, soon weakened and pulled up tchd 80/1

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Non-Runners

4
Mayo Star804
Weight: 10-12|  Age: 7
T: N G Richards  J: Non Runner
Betting

Forecast

Lemon T (2/9), Mayo Star (11/10), Our Promise (9/2), Banks O' Houxty (11/2), Golden Chancer (33/1), Shouldn't Be Here (66/1), Weave Some Magic (66/1)

Verdict
This is a pretty uncompetitive event which looks to concern LEMON T and Banks O' Houxty. The latter is evidently talented, as he showed when winning a bumper easily on his first ever career start. That was four years ago though, and although he ran respectably on return from that absence when fifth at Hexham recently, he now needs to build on that. Thus, the former is preferred given the form he has showed the last twice at this track, including when runner-up on hurdles debut last month. The step up in trip can unlock further improvement in this son of Sulamani. As for the minor contenders, Our Promise can run into a place given the hint of ability she displayed in bumpers.
  1. Lemon T
  2. Banks O' Houxty
  3. Our Promise

Previous Winners

2018
Buster Valentine
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 5
Weight: 11-5  |  
Age: 5  |  
J: Henry Brooke
  |  
T: Ruth Jefferson
15/8
Prize Money
1st:
£3,769.00
2nd:
£1,107.00
3rd:
£553.00
4th:
£277.00

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