Doncaster

  • 15:00 32Red Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £10,251 2nd £3,847 3rd £1,926 4th £959
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 2.10s
  • Off time: 15:02:36
15:00 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rock On Ruby (IRE) 13/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2312-14 Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Countrywide Flame 40
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-9 J J Quinn D F O'Regan 155 5/16.00
2 11F21-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Darlan 40
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-9 N J Henderson A P McCoy 166 Evs2.00
3 3/1213-3 Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 51
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-9 t H Fry N D Fehily 170 13/82.62
4 4403-04 Green, yellow cross belts, collar and cuffs, hooped cap Clerk's Choice (IRE) 10
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-1 M Banks Timmy Murphy 147 66/167.00

Verdict

ROCK ON RUBY wasn't quite right when only third to Zarkandar and Grandouet in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in December. Harry Fry has expressed himself satisfied with the champion's progress since and he can lay down a marker for Cheltenham with victory here. Darlan is the obvious danger as he was very impressive when landing the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day with Fighting Fifth winner Countrywide Flame back in fourth. He could well have more to offer and John Quinn's gelding will find it tough to turn the tables. Clerk's Choice was sixth in the Champion Hurdle in 2011 but has never reproduced that form and, even in receipt of 8lb from the others, may struggle to make an impact today.