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14:40 Leicester

Fernie Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 110y
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £4,400 added
  • Winner: £2,859
  • 2nd: £840
  • 3rd: £420
  • 4th: £210
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 10.60s
  • Off Time: 14:40:28
  • 5 Ran
1
Silk - Light Blue, White sash, sleeves and cap
10/3
  • Form F78-211
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 122

led, joined 3 out, headed before next, soon ridden and dropped to 3rd, rallied to go 2nd flat

2
Silk - Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap
  • Form 12-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

raced wide tracked leaders, joined leaders 3 out, led before next, clear last, pushed out, comfortably

3
Silk - Red, yellow seams, striped sleeves and cap
12/1
  • Form 3P1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

keen held up in touch, closed on leaders 3rd, ridden 3 out, soon weakened

4
Silk - Pink, Purple cross belts, quartered cap
  • Form 4
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

tracked leader, joined leader 3 out, pressed winner next, hit last, one pace and lost 2nd flat

5
Silk - Yellow, Red hoop, Black sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap
80/1
  • Form 026-9
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-5

held up in touch, reminders 5th, ridden 3 out, soon weakened

In depth

Verdict

SPEED MASTER made an impressive start to his hurdling career, winning eased down by seven lengths at Southwell. He has bags of scope and should follow up here getting 7lb from the hat-trick-seeking Kempton and Market Rasen winner Fennis Boy. Dj Milan won a Hereford bumper in August but faces a stiff task on his first start over timber and the other pair look to have little chance on what they've shown so far.

Formwatch

Fennis Boy (IRE) 5-6fav (11-5) Made most, mistake 3 out and briefly headed, ridden and mistake last, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Denton (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.

Speed Master (IRE) 4-9fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, hard driven last, ran on well, won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd beating Belle De Fontenay (10-5) by 7l, 5 ran.

Dj Milan (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 5f out, led well over 1f out, idled in front, stayed on, won at Hereford 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gd in Aug beating Truckers Benefit (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.

Minsky Mine (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Jumped slow 1st and dropped to rear, hampered 4th, ridden and weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 31l behind Fennis Boy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.

Willow The Rose 150-1 (10-5) In rear, tailed off from 3rd, 9th of 11, well behind Cry Of Freedom (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.