12:30 Folkestone

E.B.F./daily Mail 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) (Class E)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f 110y
  • Going: Good
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 25.10s
  • 7 Ran
Silk -
Silk - Dark Blue and Maroon diamonds, White sleeves, Dark Blue cap, White diamond
  • Form 60-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

held up in rear, never near to challenge

Silk - YELLOW, WHITE Cross of Lorraine, sleeves and cap
  • Form 2/3-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

took keen hold, tracked leader, mistake 5th, mistake and lost 2nd 2 out, weakened and pulled up before last

Silk - DARK BLUE, PINK sash, PINK sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap, PINK spots
  • Form 3P0-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

hit 1st, tracked leaders and always going well, led 4th, clear 2 out, unchallenged

Silk - Black, Emerald Green braces, Emerald Green cap, Black spots

El Penyon

  • Form 000-5
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

always in rear, struggling from 4th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out

Silk - Yellow, Light Blue spots on sleeves
  • Form 0P1-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0

raced in 4th, hit 3rd, went poor 3rd after 2 out

Silk - Emerald Green, Purple armlets
  • Form 251-05
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

went left start, led, hit 3rd, reluctant and headed after 4th, dropped 3rd, went 2nd again 2 out, but no chance with winner

Silk - Pink, Grey sleeves, Pink armlets
  • Form 0-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

keen, always behind, hit 1st and 2nd, tailed off 4th

In depth


Before The Mast, Dempsey, Full Of Michel and Heron's Ghyll catch the eye here with the selection being Heron's Ghyll. Tony McCoy partners the Noel Chance-trained Huntingdon bumper winner Before The Mast and this gelded son of Broken Hearted will know his job so looks set to play a prominent part on his hurdling debut. Dempsey is also making his hurdling bow but hails from a stable doing pretty well this season. He was second on his bumper debut behind the highly-regarded Chelsea Bridge in February and came good at Hereford last month. Nicely bred for this game, he looks set to win a novice event at some point - maybe today. Nicky Henderson's French import Full Of Michel has already won a chase for three-year-olds at Auteuil so, with his stable in very good form, has to be seriously considered too. Of the others, Philip Hobbs' Silver Chieftain is well-bred for the jumping game and should progress in time. This leaves the Venetia Williams-trained Heron's Ghyll, who won a Hereford bumper in February and was not disgraced behind Mr Ed on his hurdling debut 22 days ago. The winner there has since run well in a valuable Cheltenham handicap so, with the form looking solid, Heron's Ghyll can put his experience to good use and win here.