• 18:20 John Smith's Extra Smooth Novices' Hurdle3m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 48.10s
  • Off time: 18:20:35
18:20 Uttoxeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Always Bold (IRE) 5/4
2nd Captain Crackers (IRE) 7/1
3rd Heathfield Flyer 33/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 35021-P BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Blazing Desert 19
5 11-5 t1 A King R Thornton 110 8/19.00
2 3427-21 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Always Bold (IRE) 14
4 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 115 5/42.25
3 37-56 LIGHT BLUE and ORANGE diamonds, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, ORANGE star Captain Crackers (IRE) 15
5 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 7/18.00
4 00P- White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Daison 98
5 10-12 t P Bowen D F O'Regan 66/167.00
5 2P1/7P-F Emerald Green, Black sleeves, striped cap Heathfield Flyer 10
Distance Winner
9 10-12 V R A Dartnall David England 33/134.00
6 7/620- Maroon and white stripes, white chevrons on sleeves, striped cap Sean Purcell (IRE) 74
7 10-12 P Flynn L P Aspell 8/19.00
7 00-7 Beige, Brown epaulets, halved sleeves and diamond on cap Seatallan Swift 19
5 10-12 F P Murtagh B P Harding 150/1151.00
8 9951- Royal Blue, Yellow triple diamond, checked sleeves, Yellow cap Thedeboftheyear 51
Distance Winner
5 10-12 C J Down C Honour (3) 120 7/24.50
9 08 White, Black sleeves, Black and Yellow hooped cap Montevetro 16
4 10-7 pt W Clay A Tinkler 80/181.00
10 27/268-4 Light Green, Yellow epaulets and sleeves Leader Blue (IRE) 19
6 10-5 Mrs L Hill Aidan Coleman 9/110.00
11 0946P-0 Emerald Green, Yellow star, halved sleeves Capital City (IRE) 30
4 10-0 B G Powell W McCarthy (3)(ex4) 150/1151.00


ALWAYS BOLD is the form pick to win again, while both Blazing Desert and Thedeboftheyear are worthy of respect. The selection had been knocking on the door before he finally got his head in front at Wetherby last month, which was a much deserved win as he had looked a shade unlucky in his previous outings. He still looks like he is improving so, if reproducing his recent form, he has every chance of defying his penalty. Blazing Desert won well at Fontwell on his penultimate run in March but disappointed on a soft surface at Bangor thereafter. Whether or not the ground was an excuse that day he does deserve another chance and any support in the market should be noted now he is running on better ground. Thedeboftheyear won well when stepped up in trip at Exeter last time out. She can pull hard in her races but she has proved she stays so has to be added to the short list. Trainer Donald McCain has his team of horses in fine form at present and Always Bold is given the vote to add to his winning tally.