Wetherby

  • 14:45 bet365 Hurdle 3m 26y

  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 52.40s
  • Off time: 14:45:16
14:45 Wetherby Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Silsol (GER) 13/2
2nd Native River (IRE) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 312317- Emerald Green, Red stars, Red and Yellow check sleeves, Emerald Green cap, Yellow star Lil Rockerfeller (USA) 228
5 11-9 p N B King T E Whelan 157 1001
2 25111-1 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap Ballyoptic (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-5 N A Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch 152 1001
3 P/P132-5 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap If In Doubt (IRE) 184
Distance Winner
8 11-1 P J Hobbs B J Geraghty 152 1001
4 113321- Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Native River (IRE) 204
Distance Winner
6 11-1 p C L Tizzard R Johnson 145 1001
6 43132-8 Purple, white disc, yellow sleeves, purple diamonds, purple and yellow quartered cap Silsol (GER) 139
7 11-1 bt P F Nicholls Jack Sherwood 158 1001
7 F38U-21 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap The Romford Pele (IRE) 22
Distance Winner
9 11-1 b Miss R Curtis Jonathan Moore 150 1001
Non runners
51F/1007-Oscar Rock (IRE)811-1J M JeffersonB Hughes135

Verdict

Lil Rockerfeller made giant strides last season but faces a stiff ask giving weight to some promising stayers over a trip that's beyond his best. BALLYOPTIC won the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April and did very well to complete a four-timer at Chepstow on his reappearance. That should have put him spot-on for this and he can continue on his merry way as If In Doubt usually comes up short at this level, though is closely matched with Silsol on their run together at Aintree in the spring, and Native River made his name last season over fences so this might be a pipe-opener. Oscar Rock is also better over fences while this is a big step up for Newton Abbot winner The Romford Pele.