Worcester

  • 20:20 Roy & Caroline Hirons And Joe Dooey Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner £1,949 2nd £572 3rd £286 4th £143
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 41.20s
  • Off time: 20:20:25
20:20 Worcester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Panache 100/1
2nd Macarthur 5/1
3rd Questioning (IRE) 11/10

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3 White, black epaulets, maroon and white diabolo on sleeves, black and maroon quartered cap Gran Maestro (USA) 13
Beaten Favourite
5 11-0 b Dr R D P Newland Sam Twiston-Davies 7/24.50
2 06-4624 Black, Red star, diamonds on sleeves, Black cap, Red stars Macarthur 22
10 11-0 h D A Rees Paul Moloney 108 5/16.00
5 3258-06 Pink, Light Blue armlets Panache 61
Distance Winner
9 11-0 p Mrs A Clarke Miss Jodie Hughes (7) 80 100/1101.00
6 Black, black and maroon striped cap Questioning (IRE) 312
6 11-0 J P Ferguson A P McCoy 11/102.10
7 526P/ Pink, black spots, black sleeves, pink armlets, white cap This Is Me 214
6 11-0 D E Cantillon L P Aspell 16/117.00
8 R/P-P6 Dark Blue, White hoops, armlets and cap Witness Appeal (IRE) 20
8 11-0 Malcolm Jones M J Quinlan (3) 100/1101.00
9 43 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue armlets Imperial Plan (IRE) 49
4 10-12 Jamie Snowden Brendan Powell 8/19.00
10 6-34 Royal Blue, Yellow stripe, chevrons on sleeves, Yellow cap Secret Beau 20
4 10-12 J L Spearing Nico de Boinville (3) 102 12/113.00
11 582- Dark Blue, Royal Blue epaulets and armlets, Pink cap Strong Conviction 94
4 10-12 S Hodgson Nick Scholfield 97 33/134.00
12 0-9 Yellow and dark blue diabolo, yellow sleeves and cap Midnight Pearl (USA) 13
11 10-7 H Chisman Daniel Hiskett (7) 150/1151.00
13 8-06P Purple, Pink star, Purple sleeves, Pink spots, Purple cap, Pink star Vera's Article (IRE) 27
6 10-7 R H York Tom Cannon 100/1101.00
Non runners
379-5Maria's Choice (IRE)511-0Jim BestC O'Farrell
4UFMarket Mal811-0Mrs D A HamerMr B Moorcroft

Verdict

Gran Maestro has to go down as something of a disappointment on debut when a modest third in an equally modest Uttoxeter contest. A triple winner on the level, he should improve for the experience for the Newland yard and the drop back to 2m may also assist his cause. It's strange and slightly sad to see 2008 Hardwicke Stakes winner for Aidan O'Brien at Royal Ascot, Macarthur, running in this sort of race nowadays and he's likely to find one or two too good. The choice is newcomer, QUESTIONING, for John Ferguson. A talented Group class performer for John Gosden, he was good enough to outpoint the top-class Twice Over in winning the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes in 2012 at Newmarket's Craven meeting. Not seen since last September, he should have too much class for this field if all is well and he takes to timber. Imperial Plan is best of the rest.