Newton Abbot

  • 15:20 Happy 50th Birthday Belinda Hannaford 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 3f

  • Winner £4,061 2nd £1,192 3rd £596 4th £298
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 1.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:13
15:20 Newton Abbot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Virak (FR) 1/2
2nd Sonoftheking (IRE) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 361 Royal Blue, Light Blue Seams, Royal Blue Cap Cloudingstar (IRE) 10
6 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 7/24.50
2 72/P79-P Dark Blue, Pink epaulets, Pink sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, Pink cap Carheney River (IRE) 25
8 11-1 C Heard L Heard 80/181.00
3 30-40 Yellow, Dark Blue stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Yellow stars Kalani King (IRE) 105
6 11-1 A J Honeyball Rachael Green (3) 16/117.00
4 23 Maroon, beige star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Sonoftheking (IRE) 33
Beaten Favourite
5 11-1 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 8/19.00
5 9965 Light Blue, Dark Blue diamond, Black cap, Light Blue spots Upton Wood 6
7 11-1 C J Down J M Davies 100/1101.00
6 21 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Virak (FR) 69
4 10-13 P F Nicholls R Walsh 1/21.50
7 444 Red, white epaulets, red sleeves, black stars and cap Voltchesko (FR) 6
4 10-7 R Walford Felix de Giles 25/126.00


VIRAK has his first run in this country since arriving from France but looked a nice prospect when scoring by 12 lengths at Pau in January and the four-year-old is proven on heavy ground. He's preferred to Warwick winner Cloudingstar, who also has plenty of scope but looks a stayer in the making. Sonoftheking has been placed in a point-to-point and a bumper and looks the pick of the remainder on his hurdles bow, though Voltchesko hinted at ability when fourth at Wincanton and might appreciate the extra 3f.