• 13:50 100% For Research 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 5f

  • Winner £2,669 2nd £778 3rd £389
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 16.40s
  • Off time: 13:50:39
13:50 Plumpton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Billy Merriott (IRE) 9/4
2nd Ballylifen (IRE) 9/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1284-1 ORANGE, BLACK epaulets, BLACK and ORANGE halved sleeves, BLACK cap Ace Fighter Pilot 81
6 11-5 Jim Best J E Moore 15/28.50
2 2/732F-1 Royal Blue, Yellow Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, Yellow cap Billy Merriott (IRE) 188
6 11-5 t H Fry N D Fehily 123 9/43.25
3 22223-2 Purple, White hollow box and star on cap Ballylifen (IRE) 22
5 10-12 M R Channon D Elsworth 117 9/43.25
4 P-22423 Pink, Light Blue sash, Light Blue cap Chargen (IRE) 15
9 10-12 S Curran R Johnson 116 12/113.00
5 1- Royal Blue, Yellow stars, Yellow cap Letsby Avenue 226
4 10-12 A King R Thornton 3/14.00
6 31-45 Maroon and Dark Green diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, Maroon and Pink quartered cap Tothemoonandback (IRE) 29
4 10-12 G L Moore Joshua Moore (3) 16/117.00


A really interesting novice hurdle in which all have acceptable claims. Harry Fry has made a good start to his solo training career and Billy Merriott should go well for the Somerset handler, having been last seen when landing a comfortable success at Hereford last May. However, BALLYLIFEN put in a very pleasing effort on his first run for Mick Channon since leaving Henrietta Knight when second to Weekend Millionaire and can make his guaranteed fitness count under conditions and trip that should prove ideal. The one to keep an eye on in the market is Alan King's Letsby Avenue, a battling winner of his sole bumper outing and expected to develop into a useful sort over timber this term. He would be even more interesting were the market to speak strongly in his favour in a contest well worth close attention.