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13:40 Leicester

Manny Bernstein Freephone 0800 821 821 Novices' Hurdle (Class D)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 110y
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 20.20s
  • 14 Ran
1
Silk - DARK BLUE, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, WHITE and YELLOW quartered cap
  • Form 02-1223
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-10

prominent, led after 7th, hard ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last

2
Silk - Yellow and Orange diamonds, Yellow sleeves
66/1
  • Form 0-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

not fluent, always behind

3
Silk - Dark Blue
  • Form 3
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

mid-division, headway approaching 7th, ridden approaching 2 out, weakened last

4
Silk - Yellow, Black hollow box, Black sleeves, Yellow armlets, quartered cap
25/1
  • Form 06-0420
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

led, ridden and headed after 7th, weakened quickly

5
Silk - White, Dark Blue stripe, striped sleeves and cap
11/4
  • Form 4532-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

held up, headway 6th, every chance from 2 out, ridden approaching last, edged left and not quickened flat

6
Silk - Yellow, Brown seams, striped sleeves and cap
  • Form 6/0
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

always behind, tailed off from 3 out

7
Silk - Dark Blue, Dark Green and White hooped sleeves, White cap, Dark Green spots
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 7th

8
Silk - Grey, Black cap, Grey spots
200/1
  • Form 3F3-PPF
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4

mid-division, mistake 2nd, headway 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened

9
Silk - Emerald Green, White star, Emerald Green and Black striped sleeves, White cap, Black star
50/1
  • Form 0-46430
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

always towards rear, never dangerous

10
Silk - Red, Yellow Cross of Lorraine and cap
14/1
  • Form 2/63-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, ridden approaching next, soon weakened, beaten when blundered and unseated rider last

11
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow disc, White sleeves and cap
  • Form 00-P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

in touch to 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out

12
Silk - White, Red stripe, Royal Blue sleeves, Red and White striped cap
100/1
  • Form 0/0-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4

prominent to 3 out, weakened quickly

13
Silk - Maroon, White sleeves, Orange and White quartered cap
  • Form 212
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4

in touch, led approaching 2 out, ridden and hung left approaching last, ran on

14
Silk - Dark Blue, White hoops, diamonds on sleeves and cap
  • Form P21-42P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

tracked leaders, ridden and not fluent 3 out, soon weakened

In depth

Verdict

A very interesting opener which could go the way of Global Challenge with Limerick Leader and Ilabon put forward as big dangers. Jonjo O'Neill's gelding was rated in the high nineties on the flat when contesting some top handicaps, and made a very pleasing hurdling debut when third to Salhood over an inadequate trip. Today's extra distance should bring out vast improvement in this son of Saddlers Wells and he is a confident selection. Limerick Leader only beat modest opposition at Perth in the autumn but hasn't been disgraced in better company since then and looks the main challenger. Ilabon is Martin Pipe's representative and is making his seasonal debut after two promising efforts in defeat last season. In his latest race at Newbury in March he made Pep Galvez pull out all the stops, form that appears quite strong in the context of this event. Olivier hails from an in-form yard and is worth a look in the betting but Global Challenge could be a class act and is taken to land the spoils.