14:00 Fontwell Park

Totepool A Better Way To Bet Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 15 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f 110y
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 58.50s
  • 15 Ran
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, WHITE star, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE stars and stars on cap
  • Form 126372
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 120

in touch, headway to chase leading pair 3 out, led approaching 2 out, soon in command, stayed on well

Silk - Orange, Orange and Black chevrons on sleeves
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

chased leaders, weakening when mistake 3 out

Silk - Light blue and white stripes, quartered cap
  • Form 46976-P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

behind when saddle slipped, pulled up after 2nd

Silk - Dark Blue and White (quartered), hooped sleeves, Dark Blue cap
  • Form 4/3
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4

always behind, tailed off when mistake 2 out

Silk - Dark Green, Grey hoops, sleeves and cap
  • Form 0P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

prominent, ridden before 6th, struggling next and soon tailed off, pulled up before last

Silk - RED, YELLOW stars and armlets
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

held up in rear, tailed off and pulled up before 8th

Silk - Emerald Green, White diamond, armlets and cap
  • Form 90
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

mistake 1st, behind, tailed off when mistake 4th, pulled up before 6th

Silk - Emerald Green, White chevrons, White sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Orange and White quartered cap
  • Form 1231-8P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

led, driven and headed approaching 2 out where mistake, weakened before last

Silk - Royal Blue, large Red spots, Royal Blue sleeves, Red spots, Red cap
  • Form 5-0800
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

chased leaders, ridden and struggling 7th, mistake next, tailed off

Silk - Dark Blue, Red hoops and armlets, Yellow cap
  • Form 51/P9
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

chased leader to 8th, weakened before 3 out, mistake 2 out, headway to take moderate 3rd flat

Silk - Emerald green, yellow braces and armlets, check cap
  • Form PB4P3-F
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

prominent, blundered 7th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

Silk - Black, White star, Black sleeves, White stars and cap
  • Form 0-69
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4

soon struggling in rear, tailed off from 7th

Silk - Pale Blue, Campbell Tartan hooped sleeves, Royal Blue  cap
  • Form 07
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

mistake 7th, always behind

Silk - Purple, Grey triple diamond, diabolo on sleeves, Purple cap, Grey diamonds
  • Form 2709/P4
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

mid-division, headway from 6th, went 2nd 4 out until approaching 2 out, lost moderate 3rd flat

Silk - Brown, Yellow sleeves, Brown armlets, quartered cap
  • Form 048
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-11

mid-division, weakened 6th, soon tailed off and pulled up after next

  • Form P
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4


In depth


A large field goes to post for this novices hurdle but on closer inspection not many can be given a serious chance of winning and the principals look to be Saltango, Caged Tiger and Grenoli and the confident vote is given to Saltango. The selection was a fair second behind the Ludder last time out. That form looks rock solid in the context of this race and he need only run up to that mark to score. Caged Tiger rates the main danger on his latest third behind Au Courant but that was his first run in ages and the worry is he may bounce and at likely odds he looks worth taking on. Grenoli is another worthy of respect as he hails from a top yard but he only showed a modicum of ability on his debut and will need to improve dramatically to defeat the principals. Of the remainder Marchensis is from a yard in form and could go well at a price but Saltango sets a fair standard and he will be hard to beat.


Saltango (GER) 11-2 (11-6) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, every chance 2 out, kept on well from last but not pace of winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind The Luder (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Jan.

Caged Tiger 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway after 6th, kept on well from 2 out to go 3rd flat, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Au Courant (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.

Grenoli (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders until weakened under pressure after 7th, 10th of 16, well behind Wogan (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.

Heavy Weather (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) In rear, some progress 5th, weakened 7th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Teeton Babysham (11-6) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan, 15 ran.

Marchensis (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Hit 4th, behind most of way, 9th of 12, well behind Doc Row (11-6) at Folkestone 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.

My Only Bid (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) fell in race won by Nominate (11-7) at Eyton-On-severn 2m 4f ptp gd in May, 12 ran.

Once (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 14, 29l behind Neveesou (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (D) gd in Dec.

See More Jock 125-1 (11-0) Always behind, no impression, 4th of 7, 25l behind Gungadu (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gd.