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17:00 Hexham

Hardwick Hall Hotel Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 63y
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £3,165
  • 2nd: £935
  • 3rd: £468
  • 4th: £234
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 3.30s
  • Off Time: 17:00:48
  • 9 Ran
1
Silk - Dark Blue, Red disc, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 11P-311
  • Age 8
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 117

made virtually all, drew clear from last bend, not fluent last, ridden out

2
Silk - Dark Blue, White chevrons, armlets and cap
  • Form PP4-379
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

always behind, tailed off 3 out

3
Silk - Dark green, yellow hoop, hooped sleeves, black cap

Ebony Rose

20 ht
7/4
  • Form 7456-21
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 105

held up in rear, not fluent, headway 7th, led before 2 out, soon headed, no impression on winner from last bend, lost 2nd flat

4
Silk - Orange, dark blue chevrons, orange sleeves, orange cap, dark blue diamond
  • Form 7-834
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

mid-division, jumped right 3rd, headway before 7th, 3rd and outpaced 2 out, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner

5
Silk - Purple, emerald green star, emerald green sleeves, purple armlets and star on emerald green cap
  • Form 234-58
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

mid-division, not fluent 2nd, struggling before 4 out, tailed off

6
Silk - Red, yellow cross belts, white sleeves
40/1
  • Form 74404P
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 58

led early, chased winner until before 2 out, soon weakened

7
Silk - Yellow, black hoops, yellow sleeves, black and white check cap
40/1
  • Form 6547
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-7

tracked leaders, took keen hold and not fluent, lost place when jumped right 4 out, mistake and weakened next, pulled up before last

8
Silk - Light green, red cross belts, checked sleeves, light green cap, red diamond
  • Form 7100-08
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-7

tracked leaders, lost place after 8th, well beaten from 3 out, went remote 4th latter stages

9
Silk - Red, dark blue epaulets, dark blue sleeves, emerald green armlets, emerald green cap

Wandaover

15 p
200/1
  • Form 8-0
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-7

towards rear, not always fluent and jumped slowly at times, behind 4 out, pulled up before last

In depth

Verdict

This very much looks to boil down to a head-to-head between WHAT HAPPENS NOW and Ebony Rose with the former from a yard that are going well at the moment and might just be a better traveller despite having to concede weight all round. Hard to construct much of a case for anything beyond those two given what they have shown so far with Luso Benny and Ginny Brig two that might battle it out for the minor placings.

Formwatch

What Happens Now (IRE) Evensfav (11-5) Made all, driven when pressed 2 out, ridden between last 2, stayed on well under pressure flat, won at Perth 3m (4) gs in Aug beating Air Squadron (10-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.

Ask Shanroe (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden after 3rd, behind 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Mcgroarty (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn (5) gd in Aug.

Ebony Rose 12-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd and 5th, good headway chasing leaders approaching 3 out, switched left approaching last, hung right and ran on well flat, came between horses to lead close home, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn (4) gs in Aug beating Skeaping (11-0) by nk, 8 ran.

Luso Benny (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Jumped right, chased leader, lost 2nd before 2 out, soon weakened, last of 4, 28l behind Mister Universum (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f (4) gd in Aug.

Wig Wam Wiggle (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Never fluent, held up in last trio, went left 6th, not fluent next, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 8, dist behind Ebony Rose (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f mdn (4) gs in Aug.

Beyondtheflame 33-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, pulled up, at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Jul.

Ginny Brig 33-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, weakened 3 out, went badly right next and last, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Ebony Rose (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f mdn (4) gs in Aug.

Smiling Jessica (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Chased leader in 2nd, not fluent 2nd, dropped to 3rd after 4th, not fluent 5th, lost place and ridden from 3 out, no extra and weakened before next, 8th of 11, dist behind Mystic Theatre (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f mdn gd in Jul.

Wandaover 66-1 (10-5) Led, headed over 12f out, weakened 7f out, last of 10, dist behind First Destination (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (6) gd in Aug.