14:10 Chepstow

Unibet Persian War Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 100y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £35,000 added
  • Winner: £19,932
  • 2nd: £7,480
  • 3rd: £3,745
  • 4th: £1,866
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 55.70s
  • Off Time: 14:11:31
  • 9 Ran
Silk - White, Royal Blue star, Royal Blue sleeves, White spots, White cap, Royal Blue star
  • Form 23301-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 129

held up behind, headway after 3 out, ridden to chase leaders after next, kept on same pace, no impression

Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap
  • Form 35F52-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 136

led, not fluent and headed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on, no extra approaching last

Silk - Dark blue, yellow braces
  • Form 4/5321-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

tracked leader, led 2 out, hard pressed last, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra towards finish

Silk - Yellow, Black Cross of Lorraine, Yellow sleeves, Black stars, Black cap


167 D
  • Form 244112-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 137

raced keenly, held up mid-division on inside, dropped towards rear, 6th, no danger after, weakened 2 out, tailed off

Silk - Black, Red cross belts and armlets, quartered cap
  • Form 743521-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 127

held up, always behind, weakened 2 out, tailed off

Silk - Light green, maroon cross of lorraine, armlets and cap
  • Form 22-1111
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 135

tracked leaders, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, went 3rd before last, kept on, not reach front pair

Silk - Purple, emerald green hoop, checked sleeves, white cap
  • Form 123-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up in touch, headway 3 out, soon chased front pair, stayed on to challenge last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well

Silk - Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves
  • Form 1/410-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 130

tracked leaders, shaken up and hung left approaching 3 out, soon lost place and beaten, weakened from next, tailed off when pulled up before last

Silk - White, Black cross belts, Yellow sleeves and cap
  • Form 1-32231
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 128

mid-division, on outside, took closer order 4th, driven and lost place when hit 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off

  • Form 132D36-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 131


  • Form 124211
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 140


Previous results

In depth


A long-established Grade 2 kicks off a high-quality Friday card as the NH season steps up a notch. Paul Nicholls has won this four times in the last 10 years and Trevelyn's Corn is his entry this time. He’s been lightly raced but was behind Champagne Well in the Sefton Hurdle at Aintree in April. The latter has been unlucky not to win so far and should put that right in the months ahead. Echiquier had nothing to beat at Hexham but is held in high regard. Fiddlerontheroof is making his debut over timber but was a very progressive bumper horse in Ireland and is another with a tall reputation. THYME HILL was third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and that race is always a good source for high-class novice hurdlers. The Hobbs team has been quickly among the winners this autumn and the five-year-old is sure to know his job. Harambe didn’t do a lot wrong last season and it’s a bonus that he’s still qualified to run in this so he shouldn’t be ignored.


Diomede Des Mottes (FR) 9-4 (11-5) Held up last, gained a place at 8th, smooth headway 3 out, 2nd going well before next, upsides last, ridden to lead run-in, stayed on, won at Southwell 3m (4) sft in Oct beating Len Brennan (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.

Echiquier (FR) 1-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led before 7th, clear from 2 out, readily, won at Hexham 2m 7f (4) sft in Oct beating Elle Est Grande (10-5) by 13l, 3 ran.

Fiddlerontheroof (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Always prominent, led after 4f, joined 6f out, disputed lead and ridden 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Navan 2m sft in Mar beating The Big Getaway (12-0) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.

Harambe 13-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway chasing leaders before 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, driven and kept on same pace run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Getaway Trump (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp (2) gd in Apr.

Paint The Dream 4-1fav (11-12) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, led after 2 out, kept on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Apr beating Amberose (10-11) by 3l, 13 ran.

Some Day Soon (IRE) 4-6fav (11-13) Prominent, led before 3rd, clear flat, eased close home, won at Stratford 2m (3) gd in Jul beating Ruthless Article (11-3) by 2l, 9 ran.

Thyme Hill 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, effort 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Envoi Allen (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.

Trevelyn's Corn (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, made most until mistake 8th, still every chance 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, 10th of 12, dist behind Champ (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f (1) sft in Apr.

Win My Wings (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway on outside 6th, led 2 out, clear flat, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f (4) sft in Sep beating Larkbarrow Lad (11-5) by 6l, 9 ran.

Champagne Well (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon tracking leaders, mistake 3rd, lost place before 5th, switched right and closed before 3 out, pressing leaders 2 out, 5th and beaten last, weakened flat, 6th of 12, 19 3/4l behind Champ (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f (1) sft in Apr.

Ruthless Article (IRE) 11-8 (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd from 3rd, not fluent 3 out, led approaching 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in Sep beating Shaman Du Berlais (10-12) by 3 3/4l, 6 ran.