• 15:50 Nova International Classic Handicap Hurdle2m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 0.16s
  • Off time: 15:51:28
15:50 Hexham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Inventor (IRE) 3/1
2nd Santa's Son (IRE) 10/1
3rd Akarshan (IRE) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3110-11 White, Red triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves and cap Marodima (FR) 27
Distance Winner
7 11-12 Jamie Snowden R Mahon (7) 141 11/112.00
2 P09/11-0 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Acambo (GER) 28
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-8 D Pipe J W Farrelly 137 12/113.00
3 141931- Red and Royal Blue (quartered), White sleeves, Emerald Green armlets, Emerald Green and White hooped cap Inventor (IRE) 43
Distance Winner
5 11-5 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 134 3/14.00
4 1231-12 Maroon, Black hoop, Red sleeves and cap Coastley (IRE) 17
8 11-0 D Carr Mr J A Richardson (7) 129 13/27.50
5 05U35-3 BLACK, YELLOW stripe, check cap Los Nadis (GER) 10
Distance Winner
6 10-11 P Monteith Ryan Mania (3) 126 10/111.00
6 50F06-2 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, checked sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow diamond Santa's Son (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
10 10-10 t C T Pogson A Pogson (3) 125 10/111.00
7 14147-3 Black, Pink star, halved sleeves and stars on cap Akarshan (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
5 10-9 Evan Williams Donal Fahy (3) 124 9/25.50
8 5030-43 Dark green, pink stars, pink cap Pepporoni Pete (IRE) 7
Distance Winner
9 10-5 p M F Harris B Hughes 120 9/110.00
9 439P2/1- Tan, Black and Green hooped sleeves, Black cap Danish Rebel (IRE) 15
6 10-2 t G A Charlton Mr A J Findlay (7)(ex7) 117 16/117.00
10 21494/1 Red, White hoop and sleeves Breaking Storm (IRE) 39
Distance Winner
7 10-0 Mrs K Walton G Lee 115 8/19.00
11 5631-94 Royal Blue, Emerald Green sleeves, Red cap Nelson du Ronceray (FR) 17
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-0 P Monteith K Renwick 115 28/129.00
12 32225-2 Brown, Yellow stars, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Duty Free (IRE) 7
6 10-0 James Moffatt P Aspell 114 14/115.00


This is a good race and we'll focus on the head of the weights, with INVENTOR our selection to beat Acambo, Coastley and Marodima. Donald McCain's charge was pretty smart on the flat and seems to have fully translated that ability to hurdles, with a couple of comfortable wins in uncompetitive affairs complementing some solid placed form, the pick of which would be his third behind crack novices Menorah and General Miller at Aintree. He ran well in the County Hurdle on his fourth start over obstacles and, although 2lbs higher now, this is undeniably easier. Arriving as he does on the back of a facile victory at Bangor and with conditions to suit he's taken to prove up to the task on his second try in a handicap. This is fiercely competitive though, with Acambo having won over course and distance on his penultimate start. David Pipe's inmate is fairly treated on his best form and this is much less competitive than the Swinton hurdle which he ran in last time, so he's not discounted. Marodima has benefited from having his sights lowered of late with ready wins in claiming contests. He's 7lbs higher in the ratings than for his last handicap success but can be a potent front-running force, but we feel he's probably better over further these days and will take him on. Coastley is less exposed than most having had just eight starts and he ran well off a 2lb lower mark last time. This is tougher though so whilst there's probably more to come from this eight-year-old we're inclined to look elsewhere. Pepporoni Pete is a horse who has his own ideas about the game but he could sneak a place and is accordingly preferred to Danish Rebel of the rest. The last named won well over 2m5f on his last start over timber and may find this drop in trip against him. Similar comments apply to Santa's Son and Akarshan looks held by the handicapper so we'll return to Inventor.