• 14:25 totesport 0800 221 221 Novices' Hurdle3m 110y

  • Winner £2,602 2nd £764 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 2.10s
  • Off time: 14:25:22
14:25 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Our Island (IRE) 5/1
2nd Railway Dillon (IRE) 13/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 211-1 Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Minella Stars (IRE) 36
Distance Winner
6 11-5 P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 7/42.75
2 2F11 Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds and cap Our Island (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
6 11-5 Tim Vaughan R Johnson 5/16.00
3 61-2231 Light green, white cross belts and sleeves Railway Dillon (IRE) 16
Distance Winner
6 11-5 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 115 13/27.50
4 999U/ Black, White spots, Emerald Green cap Bitta Dash 1034
11 10-12 A J Wilson T J Phelan (3) 200/1201.00
5 644-24 RED, BLACK star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, BLACK star Bless The Wings (IRE) 16
6 10-12 A King R Thornton 112 6/17.00
6 52FP83 Orange, Black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves Russian Song (IRE) 14
7 10-12 p C L Tizzard J Tizzard 107 25/126.00
7 1/2199-P Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Tricky Trickster (IRE) 97
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-12 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 122 11/43.75


MINELLA STARS was a little novicey at times on his hurdling debut but still came home more than three lengths ahead of Grey Wulff with the more experienced Railway Dillon a further head away in third. The latter has scored at Newcastle since but is unlikely to reverse Hereford running with Paul Nicholls' ex-pointer, who looks to have a bright future under Rules. Our Island was a winner between the flags in November and made a successful transition to hurdles when getting the better of Iron Chancellor over this trip at Ffos Las earlier in the month. He probably has more on his plate here but can't be discounted. Bless The Wings was just beaten over 2m4f at Wetherby on his reappearance but didn't build on that at Leicester next time, while Tricky Trickster is probably having a second prep race as he builds towards another tilt at the Grand National in April.