Newton Abbot

  • 14:20 E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 3f

  • Winner £3,509 2nd £1,030 3rd £515 4th £258
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 37.30s
  • Off time: 14:20:25
14:20 Newton Abbot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Skyfarmer 10/11
2nd Back In June 50/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 6/P452-8 Royal Blue, Red inverted triangle, sleeves and star on cap Back In June 145
5 10-12 P Henderson T J O'Brien 50/151.00
2 1 Black, red star, halved sleeves and star on cap Beau De Tabel (FR) 146
5 10-12 Nick Williams D A Jacob 6/17.00
3 146- Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Even If 218
5 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 7/18.00
4 6111 REd, white star, emerald green sleeves, red cap, white stars Man Of Steel (IRE) 86
4 10-12 p P Bowen Donal Devereux 11/43.75
5 5F/1231- Light Blue, White stripe and armlets The Skyfarmer 173
5 10-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 10/111.91
6 F3-6123 Black, White hoops and armlets, White cap, Black spots What A Joke (IRE) 40
Beaten Favourite
6 10-12 W J Reed M J Quinlan (3) 50/151.00

Verdict

Some promising types face the starter here, though the majority lack a recent run. Even If has already had a run over hurdles, finishing sixth at Wincanton in March - he'll know more today. Beau De Tabel won a Uttoxeter bumper in May while Man Of Steel rattled up a hat-trick in that sphere in the summer. He clearly has plenty of ability but preference is for THE SKYFARMER, who ran in some very competitive bumpers last season and finally got off the mark at Wincanton in April. He's already won a point-to-point so the switch to hurdles is unlikely to be a problem. What A Joke started favourite here last month for a bumper but only managed third and is likely to find a few of these too strong.