Wetherby

  • 14:10 Wetherby Racecourse & Conference Centre 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner £2,398 2nd £699 3rd £350
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 58.22s
  • Off time: 14:10:56
14:10 Wetherby Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Habbie Simpson 4/1
2nd Front Of House (IRE) 4/1
3rd Howizee 150/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 102/0-1P Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Front Of House (IRE) 26
Beaten Favourite
8 11-5 B Haslam F Keniry 119 4/15.00
4 P-1 Light Blue and Maroon (halved), sleeves reversed, Light Blue and Maroon hooped cap Cloudy Too (IRE) 180
Distance Winner
4 10-12 Mrs S J Smith S Byrne (5) 10/111.00
5 3120- DARK BLUE, YELLOW stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Eagle Owl (IRE) 202
4 10-12 T D Easterby R McGrath 3/14.00
6 40/7 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, armlets and diamond on cap Errington 20
5 10-12 J Howard Johnson J P O'farrell (3) 22/123.00
7 314- White, purple spots, collar and cuffs, scarlet cap Habbie Simpson 195
5 10-12 A King Wayne Hutchinson 4/15.00
8 8 Black, pink cross belts and sleeves, quartered cap Howizee 21
4 10-12 t1 M A Barnes M J McAlister 150/1151.00
9 37- Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Jago River (IRE) 193
Beaten Favourite
4 10-12 J Howard Johnson B Hughes 5/16.00
10 5306/ LIGHT BLUE, GREY and LIGHT BLUE hooped sleeves, PINK cap Pikasso (FR) 986
7 10-12 Mrs P Sly David England 33/134.00
11 P- Beige and dark blue diamonds, beige sleeves, dark blue cap Rockstown 194
6 10-12 P R Webber W T Kennedy 12/113.00
12 03- Dark green, white triple diamond and diamond on cap Rushing Nature (IRE) 206
6 10-12 D O'Meara G Lee 20/121.00
13 76 BLACK and WHITE (halved), sleeves reversed, quartered cap Are Olive 20
7 10-5 T D Walford R Walford 100/1101.00
Non runners
26P-331Icy Colt (ARG)410-13P R WebberW T Kennedy107
360-4Ballet D'anges (FR)410-12Mrs L B NormileA L Voy

Verdict

Tim Easterby's National Hunt horses have yet to hit top gear but his Flat horses are running well enough and a chance is taken with EAGLE OWL on his hurdling bow. He represents the same connections as Border Reiver who landed this prize in 2008 and he looks capable of going close having shown a decent level of form in bumpers last season despite proving out of his depth at Aintree on his final start. A number of his rivals do have the edge in experience and Front Of House has more than most but has something to prove on debut for a new yard as he bids to get his career back on track. Icy Colt needs to continue to progress in order to follow up whilst the market may help guide to the chances of useful bumper performers Habbie Simpson, Jago River and Rushing Nature whose hurdling bow was not devoid of promise.