Newcastle

  • 16:20 St James Place Novices' Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner £2,014 2nd £591 3rd £296 4th £148
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 21.60s
  • Off time: 16:20:18
16:20 Newcastle Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Winstone (IRE) 7/2
2nd Sparkling Hand 7/2
3rd Getting Ready (IRE) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3C14 Black, White seams, checked sleeves, quartered cap Getting Ready (IRE) 36
Nag me
5 11-9 N G Richards D C Costello 121 5/42.25
2 4/P6PP-P Royal Blue, Emerald Green epaulets, White cap Direct Approach (IRE) 101
Nag me
8 11-2 Miss L C Siddall T Siddall 74 200/1201.00
3 0 MAROON, WHITE hooped sleeves Newspage (IRE) 68
Nag me
6 11-2 J Wade J Reveley 66/167.00
4 720-661 Black and White stripes, Light Blue sleeves and cap Sparkling Hand 59
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 P Atkinson Henry Brooke (3) 104 7/24.50
5 63/F- Maroon and Yellow diabolo, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Stop On 12
Nag me
7 11-2 C Grant R McGrath 33/134.00
6 8 Brown, Orange braces, Orange cap Uncle Brit 54
Nag me
6 11-2 J M Jefferson Harry Haynes (3) 12/113.00
7 282 Tan, Black and Green hooped sleeves, Red cap Winstone (IRE) 19
Nag me
7 11-2 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 7/24.50
8 05-6PP Royal Blue, White star, Red sleeves and cap Kinder Scout 68
Nag me
5 10-9 C Grant C I Gillies 40/141.00
9 70 Royal blue, yellow star, red sleeves, emerald green armlets, orange and purple striped cap Goodness 13
Nag me
4 10-7 D O'Meara D F O'Regan 10/111.00

Verdict

Getting Ready looked a very nice prospect when cantering home in a maiden at Ayr over 2m in January but ran so poorly when tried over 2m4f there later that month that it couldn't have been his form. Prospective punters will have to forgive that latest effort but WINSTONE looks a safer option. George Charlton's gelding had shown promise on his opening bumper run and though totally unfancied ran a very good race on his hurdling debut at Musselburgh where he was staying on strongly at the finish. Sparkling Hand won a mares' maiden over the C&D in January where her stamina came into play and a strong gallop would see her go close here.