Stratford

  • 16:45 Bob Fenwick 80th Celebration 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 70y

  • Winner £4,159 2nd £1,221 3rd £611 4th £305
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 53.12s
  • Off time: 16:45:35
16:45 Stratford Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Simply Loveleh 9/4
2nd Vinnie's Getaway (IRE) 4/6
3rd Royal Road (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 66 Mauve and black (quartered), mauve sleeves, white cap Espinator (FR) 18
5 10-12 Tom Lacey Stan Sheppard (3) 12/113.00
2 P72/00P- Grey, White seams, Grey sleeves and cap Go Hard Or Go Home (IRE) 143
6 10-12 D J Jeffreys Kielan Woods 14/115.00
3 P97 Royal Blue, Pink and Royal Blue striped sleeves, Pink cap Pinot Noir 14
5 10-12 R Dickin Chris Ward (5) 100/1101.00
4 F7-53 orange and white stripes, royal blue sleeves, orange cap Royal Road (IRE) 18
8 10-12 J L Flint T J O'Brien 5/16.00
5 1-21 Pink, emerald green cross belts, pink sleeves, emerald green spots and cap Vinnie's Getaway (IRE) 12
Course and Distance Winner
5 10-12 Olly Murphy R Johnson 4/61.67
6 4/225-31 Dark green, white seams, white sleeves, dark green armlets, orange cap Simply Loveleh 49
6 10-11 t D Skelton Harry Skelton 116 9/43.25
7 4-9 Dark blue, yellow seams, halved sleeves, yellow cap, dark blue star Onboard 23
4 10-10 t N J Hawke David Noonan 33/134.00
9 7R-9 White, Royal Blue stars, Light Blue sleeves Kims Diamond (IRE) 12
5 10-5 S-J Davies D Crosse 100/1101.00
Non runners
85/FF-566Aweeminit (IRE)510-5D SkeltonBridget Andrews

Verdict

Royal Road has made some improvement this season but will have to find notable progression to trouble the two main players. Simply Loveleh is the first pick of the Skelton duo and scored in workmanlike fashion when getting off the mark at Uttoxeter. However, VINNIE'S GETAWAY (NAP), one of many strong rides for Richard Johnson on the day for the Murphy yard, is preferred despite making his hurdling debut. He was impressive in defeating a well-punted sort earlier in the month in a bumper and already has a win on the board over obstacles when landing his sole point-to-point. He appeals as a scopey sort who should do well now going over hurdles.