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12:50 Wetherby

racinguk.com Novices' Hurdle (Div 2) (Class 4)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £3,249
  • 2nd: £954
  • 3rd: £477
  • 4th: £238
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 5.00s
  • Off Time: 12:51:46
  • 10 Ran
1
Silk - Emerald green, red cross of lorraine, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 611/34-3
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12

prominent, ridden 3 out, soon beaten, no extra next

2
Silk - Dark Green, Yellow Cross of Lorraine, sleeves and cap
  • Form 960
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

soon prominent, carried left and led last, headed flat, held close home

3
Silk - Royal Blue, Red star, Royal Blue and Red chevrons on sleeves, Red cap
250/1
  • Form 97/97-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

held up, towards rear, headway when mistake 6th, weakened before next

4
Silk - Black, red stars on sleeves, red cap

Episode

11
66/1
  • Form 34/25-85
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

mid-division, on inside, ridden and struggling 6th

5
Silk - Royal Blue, White hooped sleeves, Red and Royal Blue check cap

Flyball

36 h
50/1
  • Form /-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

took keen hold, in rear, mistakes, behind 4th, pulled up after 5th

6
Silk - Royal blue, white epaulets, red sleeves, white cap
22/1
  • Form 2-55
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

took keen hold, led, edged left before 3 out, edged left and headed last, one pace flat

7
Silk - Yellow, Black hoops, striped cap
6/4
  • Form 42150-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

mid-division, effort 6th, challenged and edged left last, wandered and led flat, stayed on

8
Silk - MAROON, WHITE hooped sleeves

Pikarnia

203
20/1
  • Form 33-6
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12

prominent, not fluent 3rd, lost place before next, blundered 6th, no impression before 4th, plugged on to take 4th from 2 out

9
Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
17/2
  • Form 73-F
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

jumped left 1st, mid-division, headway before 4th, not fluent 5th, weakened before 3 out

10
Silk - Purple, yellow diamond, emerald green sleeves, yellow diamonds, emerald green cap, yellow diamond
  • Form 763-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

towards rear, not fluent and struggling 5th, well behind next

In depth

Verdict

The second division of this maiden is only slightly more competitive. Catching Shadows landed a Musselburgh bumper in January and has shown some pace over longer trips than this in his two starts over hurdles so should find a spot on the podium. KALANITI also landed a bumper on the Edinburgh track and made a successful start over hurdles at Kelso where she showed real resolution despite looking in need of the experience. She should improve and have the edge over Swinton Diamond, who though last of three at Doncaster on his hurdling debut in March wasn't beaten far. Smart Boy may prove best of the remainder as he appeared to be going well enough when falling at Carlisle a couple of weeks ago.

Formwatch

Catching Shadows (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th, went 3rd before 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 14 1/2l behind Aintree My Dream (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f (4) sft in Oct.

Conteur d'Histoire (FR) 200-1 (10-12) Always behind, 11th of 14, dist behind Dashing Oscar (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f (4) gs in Nov.

Early Boy (FR) 250-1 (11-3) Held up behind, struggling over 5f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Betameche (11-10) at Wetherby 2m (6) sft in Apr.

Episode 66-1 (10-12) In rear, poor 5th before 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 7, dist behind Some Invitation (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gs in Nov.

Flyball 8-1 (9-3) Awkward start, behind, headway over 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 5 3/4l behind Bassett Bleu (8-6) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Oct.

Honest Intent 40-1 (11-0) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 31 1/2l behind Just Minded (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f (6) gd in Nov.

Kalaniti (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, hampered 1st, in 3rd from 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, kept on, won at Kelso 2m mdn (4) gs in Oct beating Sammy B (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.

Pikarnia 40-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, weakened over 4f out, 6th of 9, 32 1/2l behind Mount Mews (11-9) at Kelso 2m (5) gd in May.

Smart Boy (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Towards rear, in 5th when fell 6 out, at Carlisle 2m 4f (4) gd in Nov.

Swinton Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, tracked leader to 3 out, soon outpaced, no chance with front pair before next, kept on flat, gaining on eased down runner-up near finsh, last of 3, 8 1/2l behind Shrewd (12-0) at Doncaster 2m 1f (4) sft in Mar.