• 14:00 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 12.34s
  • Off time: 14:01:09
14:00 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hidden Keel 11/10
2nd Irish Symphony (IRE) 12/1
3rd Scampi Boy (IRE) 14/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 17-06 Dark Green and White check, Dark Green sleeves, White armlets, Dark Green cap Gilbarry (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
5 11-2 J M Jefferson P Kinsella 3/14.00
2 2-154 White, Brown sleeves and cap Hidden Keel 14
Distance Winner
5 11-2 C E Longsdon P J Brennan 11/102.10
3 P41-140 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE sash, YELLOW and ROYAL BLUE hooped sleeves, quartered cap Laureldean River (IRE) 75
Distance Winner
7 11-2 S Gollings K Mercer 8/19.00
4 00 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Lots Of Fun (IRE) 12
6 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 25/126.00
5 96 Purple, White stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Scampi Boy (IRE) 22
6 11-2 P R Webber W T Kennedy 14/115.00
6 6/PPPP- White, Yellow sleeves, Royal Blue stars, Yellow cap, Royal Blue star Short Straw (IRE) 452
7 11-2 F P Murtagh B P Harding 200/1201.00
7 2555 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Spot The Ball (IRE) 21
5 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon (3) 10/111.00
8 0/2466 PURPLE, YELLOW triple diamond, sleeves and cap The Fox's Decree 26
6 11-2 M Keighley T Siddall 16/117.00
9 1-736PP Light Blue, Emerald Green sash Totally Beat 10
5 11-2 Ian Williams D C Costello 33/134.00
10 800 Brown, Pink sash, Pink cap Young Anthony 28
5 11-2 T D Walford R Walford 150/1151.00
11 47-8356 Purple, White diamond and sleeves, Dark Blue cap Irish Symphony (IRE) 70
6 10-9 J Mackie Charlie Huxley (3) 12/113.00


HIDDEN KEEL was a shade disappointing last time but this is a weaker contest, so he can score from Gilbarry and Spot The Ball. Our selection wouldn't want the ground much softer, but the form he's shown in two hurdles starts to date sets the standard here. He wasn't beaten far behind a reasonable sort at Towcester before taking fourth to Black Jack Blues last time and, as he showed ability when winning a bumper, the grey could be good enough to convert this winning opportunity. Gilbarry is a bumper winner too having struck on debut and this five-year-old showed enough last time to merit attention here. Again, he wouldn't want the going soft, but that fifth behind some decent rivals reads well in the context of this affair and he should take a hand in the finish. Spot The Ball is one of two entered by Jonjo O'Neill and looks the pick of them ahead of Lots Of Fun. The last named is well bred but hasn't shown much to date and might be better when sent handicapping, so Spot The Ball's two solid efforts behind better rivals make him more interesting. Paul Webber's yard are going well enough so Scampi Boy merits respect in a poor race; he was a relatively expensive purchase and should be suited by taking to hurdles for the first time so a market check is advised. Both Irish Symphony and The Fox's Decree need this run for a handicap mark and have been mildly regressive of late and a better bet looks to be our selection, Hidden Keel.