Towcester

  • 15:20 Don't Miss Out With gg.com Alerts 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m

  • Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 12.20s
  • Off time: 15:20:52
15:20 Towcester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st If In Doubt (IRE) 4/5
2nd Viva Steve (IRE) 3/1
3rd Upswing (IRE) 50/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 95 Emerald Green & yellow hoops, Royal Blue cap Bold Raider (IRE) 66
6 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill W T Kennedy 66/167.00
2 5-20005 Grey, Pink cross belts, White sleeves, Pink stars, Grey cap, Pink stars Chavoy (FR) 135
8 11-4 Ferdy Murphy Tony Kelly (5) 66/167.00
3 77 Black and White stripes, Yellow sleeves, Black and Yellow striped cap Darlington County 31
5 11-4 D McCain Jnr A P Lane 100/1101.00
4 7 Purple, Red star and sleeves Devil's Province (USA) 112
6 11-4 R T Phillips Sean Quinlan 100/1101.00
5 70 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, striped sleeves and star on cap Executive Strike 23
7 11-4 N J Pomfret T E Whelan (5) 200/1201.00
6 6 Maroon, black epaulets and sleeves Goodacres Garden (IRE) 46
Beaten Favourite
6 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 33/134.00
7 22 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap If In Doubt (IRE) 44
5 11-4 P J Hobbs A P McCoy 4/51.80
8 0- EMERALD GREEN & yellow HOOPED, Red cap It's A New Day 282
5 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill D C Costello 28/129.00
9 1 BLACK, WHITE cross belts, BLACK cap, RED diamond Loxendor (FR) 236
Distance Winner
7 11-4 Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 11/112.00
10 3-6 BROWN, WHITE hoop, hooped sleeves, ORANGE cap Marmalade Man 41
7 11-4 b1 J W Mullins A Thornton 16/117.00
11 4 Light Blue, Yellow chevrons on sleeves Runaway Green (FR) 14
7 11-4 Miss V Williams S Thomas 40/141.00
12 P23F1-0 Yellow, Black diamond, Black sleeves, Yellow stars Signed Request (IRE) 103
6 11-4 Henry Oliver H Oliver 66/167.00
13 56 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Tackler (IRE) 33
5 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (5) 16/117.00
14 4-56 Red, black seams, white sleeves, black armlets, black cap Teenage Dream (IRE) 19
5 11-4 D Shaw Mr O Garner (7) 50/151.00
15 4 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Upswing (IRE) 22
5 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill Mr A J Berry (3) 50/151.00
16 2 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Viva Steve (IRE) 73
5 11-4 M R Channon D Elsworth 3/14.00

Verdict

Jonjo O'Neill runs four in this novices' hurdle, three of them owned by J P McManus. But retained jockey A P McCoy rides IF IN DOUBT for Philip Hobbs and the five-year-old should make it third-time lucky after seconds in a bumper at Bangor and on his hurdling debut at Folkestone. Doncaster bumper fourth Upswing may prove best of O'Neill's quartet while Ferdy Murphy saddles last June's Hexham bumper winner Loxendor. Runaway Green should be all the better for his fourth at Wincanton and Viva Steve was only beaten half-a-length in a Plumpton bumper in November and makes more appeal than the McCain pair Darlington County and Goodacres Garden.