14:20 Kelso

John Smith's No Nonsense Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f 110y
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 18.90s
  • 12 Ran
Silk - Dark Blue, White epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, Dark Blue cap, White star
  • Form 2/22223-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 110

mid-division, outpaced when hampered after 4 out, weakened after next

Silk - Dark blue, yellow cross belts, hooped sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 92P422-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 105

towards rear, headway to chase leaders 6th, every chance approaching 2 out, one pace approaching last

Silk - Dark Blue, Emerald Green hoop and armlets, check cap
  • Form 436215-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 103

in touch, ridden 3 out, no extra from next

Silk - Red, dark blue stars, white cap, dark blue stars
  • Form 4211-U1
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 95

not fluent in rear, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd mistake 2 out, edged left and one pace run-in

Silk - Black and Orange (halved), Black sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 72847P-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 98

tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed approaching 2 out, soon beaten

Silk - Royal Blue, White cross belts, Royal Blue and Yellow chevrons on sleeves
  • Form 0F4324-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 95

led, headed 4 out, soon weakened

Silk - Brown and Orange (quartered), Brown sleeves, Orange cap
  • Form U/P4643-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 94

mid-division, headway after 4 out, ridden 3 out, weakened after next

Silk - Purple, Pink sash, Light Blue sleeves, Pink cap
  • Form 93P32P-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-6
  • Official Rating 90

tracked leader, pushed along and lost place after 6th, soon tailed off, pulled up before last

Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow chevron, Dark Blue sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap


  • Form 535585-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-5
  • Official Rating 89

towards rear, struggling 7th, tailed off when fell 2 out

Silk - White, Red diamond, chevrons on sleeves, White cap, Red diamond
  • Form 93655-8
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 84

towards rear, headway 4 out, led approaching 2 out, ridden out

Silk - ROYAL BLUE, WHITE sleeves
  • Form 053P43-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 89

towards rear, headway under pressure after 3 out, kept on one pace from next

Silk - Red, White braces, halved sleeves, Black and White hooped cap
  • Form 4322/UP-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 79

in touch, pushed along 7th, soon ridden and weakened

In depth


My Final Bid, Powerlove, Countrywide Sun and Jodante will be the main contenders in the opener with the vote going to the last named. A winner last time out at Southwell when getting the better Stroom Bank by a convincing three and a half lengths Jodante should have no worries following up even though he carries a seven pound penalty. Connections obviously feel he will better treated now than after being reassessed so is a horse to keep on the right side of. My Final Bid lands himself in the frame more often than not but winners seem to elude him. From six runs under rules he has finished second five times and third once. The handicapper seems to have a thresh hold over him and it looks as though he has become used to not winning. Powerlove won at Ayr after coming back from a short break but was unable to capitalize on that last time out and was a disappointing fifth at Perth so he is to be treated with caution. A bigger danger to the selection is Countrywide Sun who is only four and has put up some bold performances in defeat lately and any market moves should be noted. But for the winner we return to Jodante.


My Final Bid (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders and not fluent, ridden after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, 3rd of 16, 14l behind Auenmoon (11-4) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.

Chief Dan George (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Ran loose before start, headway 3 out, challenged before last, just held, 2nd of 16, shd behind Noir Et Vert (10-7) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.

Powerlove (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, soon one pace, 5th of 16, 22l behind Noir Et Vert (10-7) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.

Jodante (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Held up, smooth headway 6th, tracked leaders next, led on bit 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Southwell 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf beating Stroom Bank (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.

Le Millenaire (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Led to 3rd, chased leaders until weakened 7th, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Burren Moonshine (10-11) at Perth 3m amt hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr, 18 ran.

Roschal (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Led, headed before 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 6, 43l behind Blackergreen (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Mar.

The Weaver (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 10th, chased leaders, soon ridden, kept on one pace, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Not Today Sir (11-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jan.

Bromley Abbey 14-1 (9-11) Soon behind, struggling 6th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Scotmail Too (10-3) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (3) gf in Apr, 13 ran.

Buffy 14-1 (10-11) In touch, effort between last 2, no extra flat, 5th of 12, 12l behind Parisienne Gale (11-1) at Hexham 2m mrs hcp hdl (4) gd in Apr.

Heversham (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division, some headway after 5th, weakened from next, 8th of 15, 39l behind Leadaway (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf.

Countrywide Sun 7-1 (10-4) Tracked winner, ridden and every chance approaching 3 out when blundered, one pace from last, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Patxaran (11-5) at Ayr 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.

Alice's Old Rose 25-1 (10-2) In touch, led 3rd to 5th, chased leaders until weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up at the last in race won by Burren Moonshine (10-11) at Perth 3m amt hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr, 18 ran.