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12:25 Fontwell Park

Visit attheraces.com Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f 164y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £6,821 added
  • Winner: £3,119
  • 2nd: £916
  • 3rd: £458
  • 4th: £450
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 52.70s
  • Off Time: 12:25:27
  • 7 Ran
1st
Silk -
11/8

    1
    Silk - Maroon, Light Blue and Brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap

    Pleney

    44
    2/1
    • Form 7994-P3
    • Age 5
    • Weight 12-7
    • Official Rating 105

    held up in touch, pushed along after 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened flat

    2
    Silk - White, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, white stars, royal blue cap

    Good News

    25 CD
    11/8
    • Form 45P/U5-1
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-11
    • Official Rating 95

    held up, hit 7th, shaken up after 8th, ridden and headway after 3 out, switched right after 2 out, led last, ridden clear

    4
    Silk - Dark blue, pink cross belts, chevrons on sleeves
    • Form 56775-4
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-7
    • Official Rating 91

    chased leader, led 3 out, ridden and edged left after 2 out, hit last and headed, one pace

    5
    Silk - Dark blue, light blue hoops, diabolo on sleeves
    • Form 85-2630
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-6
    • Official Rating 90

    always in rear, struggling when jumped right 3 out, tailed off

    6
    Silk - Old Gold, Green hoop, collar and cuffs, Green cap, Gold spots
    40/1
    • Form 50020-U
    • Age 4
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 87

    always behind, reminders after 7th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

    7
    Silk - Grey, dark blue sleeves and cap
    13/2
    • Form 0-85295
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-13
    • Official Rating 83

    led, jumped right 8th, headed 3 out, soon ridden, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off

    8
    Silk - Grey, Mauve chevron, Mauve cap
    • Form 646545
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-10
    • Official Rating 80

    held up in touch, went 2nd after 3 out, every chance when hung left before 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last

    3
    NR
    • Form 24-3450
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-8
    • Official Rating 92

    9
    NR
    • Form U44-098
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-0
    • Official Rating 70

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Nothing makes strong appeal but if GOOD NEWS can repeat the improved form displayed after a 514-day lay-off when scoring over course and distance last time then he could prove hard to beat. That success was something of a bolt from the blue both in terms of returning from a long absence and relatively modest previous form. It will be interesting to see if he can follow up here. Pleney was another to reveal improvement after a break last time when a close third at Hexham and could be a player despite the steadier of 12-7 in this ground. Hold Me Tight is still a maiden but has a chance if forgiven his latest start as previous efforts were solid and Robin De Broome is one to note in the market off his featherweight for Olly Murphy.

    Formwatch

    Pleney 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, soon reminders, chased winner from 2 out, ridden before last, no impression, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Court Baloo (10-12) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Oct.

    Good News 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, challenged after 3 out, ridden after next, led last, edged right and kept on well flat, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct beating Timely Gift (10-5) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.

    First Assembly (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led, edged left on stable bend after 4th, headed bend before 2 out, soon weakened, mistake at 2 out, 4th of 6, dist behind Enrilo (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct.

    Hold Me Tight (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 15th of 17, dist behind Guardia Top (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Oct.

    Polar Light 25-1 (11-5) Held up behind, struggling when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct.

    Jonnigraig (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway and pushed along in modest 5th after 3 out, never a threat, 5th of 11, 17l behind Viking Ruby (10-10) at Taunton 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.

    Bluebell Sally (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, struggling 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 8, dist behind Realta Dawn (10-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gf in Oct.

    False Getaway (IRE) 50-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 16th of 17, dist behind Minnie Escape (10-2) at Chepstow 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.

    Robin De Broome (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Towards rear, mistake 5th, well behind 3 out, 8th of 10, 37 1/2l behind Petrucci (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Aug.