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15:00 Huntingdon

Betfred 'Hat Trick Heaven' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 16 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 110y
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £6,000 added
  • Winner: £3,899
  • 2nd: £1,145
  • 3rd: £572
  • 4th: £286
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 57.40s
  • Off Time: 15:02:50
  • 16 Ran
1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: D Shaw
  • Jockey: C Poste

always behind, lost touch 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last

2
  • Form: 1446
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: W Greatrex
  • Jockey: A P McCoy

led until approaching 2 out, weakened last

3
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: B Ellison
  • Jockey: D A Jacob

in touch, took keen hold, effort 3 out, weakening when hit next

4
12/1
  • Form: 62
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: N B King
  • Jockey: T E Whelan

mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on same pace

5
  • Form: 233-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: H D Daly
  • Jockey: R Johnson

behind, headway 3 out, soon weakened

6
150/1
  • Form: 453/
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: N B King
  • Jockey: D Elsworth

mid-division, under pressure 3 out, soon beaten

7
66/1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: W S Kittow
  • Jockey: T Scudamore

mid-division, headway 2 out, chased leaders approaching last, never on terms

8
  • Form: 78
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: G L Moore
  • Jockey: Joshua Moore

mid-division, lost place before 2 out

9
2/1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: J P Ferguson
  • Jockey: D F O'Regan

tracked leaders, effort 2 out, soon weakened

10
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty

pulled hard in touch, chased winner approaching 2 out, no extra closing stages

11
14/1
  • Form: 73-325
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: A King
  • Jockey: R Thornton

mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 2 out, every chance approaching last, stayed on well

12
66/1
  • Form: 32-170
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: A J Honeyball
  • Jockey: Rachael Green

always behind

13
  • Form: 2-27
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: T R George
  • Jockey: P J Brennan

tracked leaders, mistake 3 out, weakened before next

14
  • Form: 14-17
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: C E Longsdon
  • Jockey: N D Fehily

raced freely, always prominent, led before 2 out, strongly challenged last, held on gamely

15

Isdaal

58
100/1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-5
  • Trainer: K A Morgan
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge

always in rear

16
  • Form: P/718-2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-5
  • Trainer: D E Cantillon
  • Jockey: L P Aspell

behind, headway 2 out, never dangerous

In depth

Verdict

Focail Maith has won five times on the Flat and is back in the UK after a couple of runs in Ireland. He can't be ignored but Simply A Legend pulled too hard at Ludlow last time and has a bit to prove now. Chalk It Down and Truckers Darling also need to find improvement but Go West Young Man showed promise at Kempton in April and should develop as he gains experience. John Ferguson gets some classy recruits from the Flat and Namibian is no exception. He won the Queen's Vase and the Gordon Stakes as a three-year-old but may just need this and we prefer another newcomer in NORDIC QUEST. He'll have had plenty of schooling and neither the trip nor ground will be a problem.

Formwatch

Action Front (USA) 80-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside 5th, soon ridden and weakened, last of 11, dis behind Three Kingdoms (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.

Chalk It Down (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Led and wide, pushed along and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 17, 21l behind Volnay De Thaix (11-5) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.

Ever Fortune (USA) 6-1 (9-8) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, behind 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Honoured (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov (flat).

Focail Maith 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 3rd after 4 out, ridden into straight, in pursuit of winner 2 out, not go with winner from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Devils Bride (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.

Go West Young Man (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, steady headway approaching 5th, stayed on to one paced 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 18, 8l behind Benefit Cut (10-9) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.

Jolly Valentine 10-1 (10-6) In touch, headway and driven to to 3rd inside final furlong, not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Comedy House (10-6) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (5) std in Feb '12.

May Be Some Time 10-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 24l behind Ebony Express (11-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov (flat).

Mr Fickle (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Towards rear, plugged on from 2 out, blundered last, never on terms, 8th of 16, 29l behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.

Namibian (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Raced in 3rd, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 17l behind Sea Moon (8-12) at York 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug '11 (flat).

Nordic Quest (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Slowly away towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind Cuckoo Rock (10-5) at Goodwood 1m 4f (5) sft in Oct (flat).

Simply A Legend 3-1fav (11-0) Held up in touch in mid-division, took keen hold, closed 4th, mistake 3 out, no extra flat, 5th of 13, 12l behind Gallery Exhibition (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov.

Solstice Son 33-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, never involved, 13th of 18, 43l behind Garde La Victoire (11-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.

Valseur Du Granval (FR) 2-1fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outside to chase leaders 5f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 29l behind Cogry (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct.

Wadswick Court (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, outpaced final 2f, 7th of 13, 12l behind Red Sherlock (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m Listed NH flat (1) gd in Nov.

Isdaal 20-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, some headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Pereira (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct (flat).

Truckers Darling (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, went right next, headway to 4th and not fluent 2 out, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd final 50 yards, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Down Ace (11-3) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.