15:20 Folkestone

Folkestone For Christmas Parties Mares' Only Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f 110y
  • Going: Good to Firm (Hurdles Good)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £4,500 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 18.20s
  • Off Time: 15:21:56
  • 14 Ran
Silk - Pink, Black cross belts, Black sleeves, Pink armlets, White cap


  • Form 9633-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

chased leaders until ridden and weakened soon after 2 out

Silk - WHITE, BLACK disc, striped sleeves
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

pulled hard, always in rear

Silk - WHITE, RED star, BLACK and WHITE hooped sleeves, RED cap, WHITE star
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

soon detached, tailed off when pulled up after 4th

Silk - Red, Purple chevrons, halved sleeves, Red and Purple quartered cap
  • Form 4-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

keen hold in mid-division, headway between last 2, chased winner approaching last, strong challenge final 100 yards, just failed

Silk - Dark green, pink and white striped sleeves, pink cap


  • Form 80-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and weakened soon after 2 out, hit last

Silk - Black, Pink chevron, Pink cap
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

chased leaders, went 2nd 5th, led between last 2, hard driven run-in, just held on, all out

Silk - Pink, Dark Blue sash
  • Form 0-5
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10

chased leaders to 5th, soon weakened, tailed off

Silk - Red, Emerald Green hoop, Emerald Green cap
  • Form 6350-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10

mid-division, driven and weakened between last 2

Silk - ROYAL BLUE and LIGHT BLUE diamonds, striped sleeves and cap
  • Form 4-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10

blundered 2nd, in touch, hit 3 out, went 3rd under pressure soon after 2 out, weakened quickly before last

Silk - Black, Pink Cross of Lorraine, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form P24-473
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 93

led, driven and headed between last 2, weakened approaching last

Silk - Orange, Black chevrons, Orange sleeves, Black seams, quartered cap
  • Form 19B-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10

blundered 2nd, jumped big 3rd, mid-division, driven after 2 out, soon weakened

Silk - Royal Blue, White triple diamond, Red sleeves, White cap
  • Form 98-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10

jumped right 1st, always behind

Silk - Emerald Green, Red star, White sleeves, Red stars, Red cap

Takotna (IRE)

177 BF
  • Form 40-4
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10

bumped 1st, held up, headway under pressure between last 2, stayed on one pace approaching last

Silk - Emerald Green, White Cross of Lorraine, quartered cap
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-10

chased leader, mistake 2 out, ridden and weakened between last 2

  • Form 29-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10


  • Form 7-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-10


In depth


A novices' hurdle that could prove to be informative but for today we will side with Miss Ceka, with Donatessa and Petrovka among those respected. Miss Ceka returns to Folkestone for just her second racecourse outing, after going well enough here in a soft ground bumper in January. The form of that race has worked out pretty well and she should have no problem handling a sound surface so she is the nomination. Donatessa was a soft ground flat winner in Germany 11 months ago and she went well enough on her British debut. This is her first start since April and if straight enough she can get involved. Petrovka has shown a fair level of form in novices' but has had plenty of chances without hitting the mark and may be better campaigned in low grade handicaps. Poker Queen, Takotna and Princess Flame are all respected from connections who can elicit plenty of improvement, while Eila comes from a yard that is flying, but Miss Ceka left a good impression here first time out and can score.


Azione 10-1 (10-0) Led to 4f out, chased winner to over 2f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 11, 36l behind Master Overseer (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f nhf (6) hvy in Mar.

Divine River 33-1 (9-6) Headway 9f out, led over 4f out, clear 3f out, hung left and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 15l behind Polyquest (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol (Flat).

Divine White 16-1 (8-4) Broke well, soon outpaced, some headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 3l behind Ceris Star (8-6) at W'hampton 7f app stk (7) pol (Flat).

Donatessa (GER) 5-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, steady progress from 5th, ridden after 3 out, one pace from next, 4th of 12, 15l behind Sandymac (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f mrs mdn hdl (4) gf in Apr.

Eila 7-1 (10-7) Prominent, led after 2f, ridden and headed 7f out, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 11th of 14, well behind Diavoleria (10-4) at Ludlow 2m mrs nhf (5) gs in Mar.

Gallileo Figaro (USA) 10-3 (8-7) Always in rear, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, 25l behind Missoula (8-10) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs (Flat).

Mandalay Lady 66-1 (10-5) Towards rear, effort approaching 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 12, 14l behind Zamboozle (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gf.

Maybe A Malt (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led 6f out to 3f out, soon weakened under pressure, 10th of 14, 24l behind Theft (10-2) at Kempton 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar.

Miss Ceka (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Irish Wedding (10-13) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs nhf (6) sft in Jan.

Petrovka (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) In touch, led before 2nd, headed next, chased winner until lost place between last 2, one pace, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Artless (10-10) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.

Princess Flame (GER) 16-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, mid-division when brought down in race won by Turbo Linn (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mrs lst nhf (1) gd in Apr, 20 ran.

Spot The Lady (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) In touch, ridden 7f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Team Chaser (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f nhf (6) gd in Mar.

Takotna (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Always prominent, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Nakoma (11-0) at Towcester 2m mrs nhf (5) gf in Apr.

Winds of Change 16-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and strongly pressed straight, headed over 1f out, weakened, 10th of 15, 13l behind All Sorts Star (9-11) at Tralee 1m 4f hcp 0-80 gs in Aug '06 (Flat).

Poker Queen 5-2 (10-10) Always mid-division, 9th of 16, 13l behind I'msingingtheblues (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mdn nhf (6) gd in Mar.

Take It There 100-1 (10-7) Behind until past weakening rivals from 3 out, 7th of 18, 45l behind Duc De Regniere (11-0) at Newbury 2m nov hdl (2) gs in Dec.