Sunday 19 January 2020
Racing TV Free For A Month Novices' Hurdle
Class 4 | 3m 70y | Heavy | 7 Runners | Turf
Off time: 13:15 | Winning time: 6m 34.97s
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Escaria Ten (4/6), Empire Steel (9/4), Western Aussie (14/1), Skiddaw Tara (20/1), Portstorm (33/1), Calle Malva (50/1), St Basil (250/1)
Empire Steel renews rivalry with Skiddaw Tara, and despite an incurred 6lb penalty should confirm Carlisle placings on a similarly testing racing surface, while Martin Todhunter's Western Aussie appears virtually guaranteed to appreciate stepping up in trip. However, it would take a brave and hardy soul to oppose the Gordon Elliott-trained (McNeill Family-owned) ESCARIA TEN. This £100,000 purchase dug very deep for pressure when breaking the maiden at Cork (3m, soft) a fortnight ago and can swiftly double-up on the opposite side of the Irish Sea.
- Escaria Ten
- Empire Steel
- Western Aussie