• 15:05 Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle3m 110y

  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 44.40s
  • Off time: 15:05:25
15:05 Taunton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Highland Retreat 9/4
2nd Neltara 7/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 391812 Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves Return Spring (IRE) 76
Beaten Favourite
6 11-4 P J Hobbs R Johnson 132 6/42.50
4 11-84 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Comeonginger (IRE) 11
Distance Winner
6 10-12 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 4/15.00
5 0195/42 Dark Blue, Dark Blue and Red diabolo on sleeves, Red cap Neltara 11
9 10-12 Miss C Dyson Nick Scholfield 121 7/18.00
6 5 Mauve, Dark Blue epaulets, hooped sleeves Sharp Suit (IRE) 92
6 10-12 J W Mullins W P Kavanagh (3) 80/181.00
7 F0-233 Royal Blue, White stars, White sleeves, Red armlets, White and Red striped cap Stony Road (IRE) 20
6 10-12 J L Flint Mr T J Flint (7) 14/115.00
8 F14323 Dark Green, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Light Green spots Highland Retreat 13
Distance Winner
6 10-11 H Fry N D Fehily 124 9/43.25
Non runners
212-3332Awbeg Massini (IRE)710-12Tim VaughanMichael Byrne118
3P213Big Jer610-12C J MannS Thomas


This is an interesting little contest as you'd expect a few of these to make their mark over fences in years to come. Neltara finished ahead of fourth-placed Comeonginger when runner-up to Ericht at Kempton but the latter was having only his second run under Rules that day and could easily turn the tables over this longer trip. Return Spring won at Ludlow before finishing second over 2m7f at Hereford but has to concede weight all round while Awbeg Massini stuck on well when second over 2m5f at Uttoxeter 10 days ago and will appreciate the step back up in distance. Harry Fry has his team in fine form and his mare HIGHLAND RETREAT has improved since finishing behind Return Spring in December. She can come out on top today and land this as course and distance third Big Jer is definitely one that will improve when tackling the bigger obstacles.