12:30 Plumpton

Sunday 7 January 2018


Download The At The Races App Novices' Hurdle

Class 4  |   1m 7f 195y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 12:31  |   Winning time: 4m 5.4s
Weighed In
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-11  |  J: Harry Skelton |  T: D Skelton|  OR: 126|  D

Created a good impression with an 8L debut success at Chepstow in November (2m, heavy) and ran well for a long way in Grace 2 company at Sandown (2m4f) last time. Dropped in trip for this and will be tough to beat under penalty.

Age: 7|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: T J O'Brien |  T: P Henderson

Couldn't win a point-to-point despite five attempts and has been beaten a long way in both starts over hurdles so far. Looks to have a very stiff task again today and is more likely to be of interest when he has a handicap mark to work with.

Age: 5|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Joshua Moore |  T: G L Moore

Sole success was over 1m4f (soft) on the Flat when trained by Andre Fabre in France. Currently rated 67 in that sphere, where he made the frame for this trainer over 2m. Now makes hurdles debut and should be well prepared. Market check suggested.

Age: 6|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Matthew Batchelor |  T: D Steele

Form has steadily regressed since his bumper debut and he has shown nothing in teo hurdles runs to suggest that he will spring a surprise here. Looks on to watch.

Age: 5|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Thomas Garner |  T: Mrs L C Jewell

Has finished last in both starts in bumpers so far and shown next to nothing. There is success over obstacles in his pedigree, so he may do better now that he tackles hurdles. Looks best watched for the time being.

Age: 6|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: R T Dunne |  T: N Dunger

0-12 on the Flat/AW so far (rated 55), though has finished second on three occasions at 1m6f-2m½f, including on soft. Not seen since April and has fitness plus jumping ability to prove on stable/hurdles debut.

Age: 6|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Nico de Boinville |  T: M Bradstock|  OR: 122

Recorded best completed effort so far over 2m4½f here (heavy) almost a year ago and was bettering that next time at Kempton when unseating late on. Not in same form this term, but would have strong claims if able to return to last season's form.

Age: 5|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: J E Moore |  T: J L Spearing

Won a Roscommon handicap (1m4f, heavy) on final start in Ireland before joining this yard. Ran with promise on hurdles debut (2m, soft) at Lingfield and has a squeak if he can get back to that level today.

Age: 6|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Nick Scholfield |  T: Nick Mitchell

Made the frame over 2m2f (good) on the Flat in France, but well held in all three starts in Britain for Karen George. Stamina should not be an issue for this stable/hurdles debut, but looks one to watch in this field.

Age: 7|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: L P Aspell |  T: N J Gifford

Made the frame in a maiden bumper at Warwick in March (2m, soft) and showed a bit of promise on his second start over hurdles, here over C&D (soft) last month. Wouldn't rule him out of the money here, though handicapping a more obvious route.

Age: 7|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: N D Fehily |  T: N P Mulholland

70-rated AW performer (stays 2m) who has won over 1m6f in that sphere. Debut hurdles run at Lingfield hinted at ability. Didn't go on from there over C&D last time. Looking more one to consider in handicaps, but keep an eye on the market today.

Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Daniel Sansom |  T: P W Middleton

Made a pleasing debut over hurdles when runner-up in a Lingfield maiden (2m3½f, soft) in November, though didn't appear to see out Towcester stiffer 2m5f last time. If she can get back to that original form she couldn't be ruled out.

Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: T Scudamore |  T: D Pipe

Showed promise in bumpers and belied her 80-1 SP when a 12L fourth of 14 on debut over hurdles at Taunton (2m½f, soft) last month. Can build on that here and looks to have each-way claims.


Weight: 11-5|  Age: 6
T: Jamie Snowden  J: G Sheehan


Marley Firth (1/1), Jaisalmer (3/1), Miss Tynte (7/1), Lost History (11/1), Paddy's Poem (12/1), Miss Adventure (20/1), Age Of Wisdom (20/1), Havisham (20/1), Rebel Collins (33/1), Hier Encore (100/1), Mr Magill (100/1), Cassivellaunus (200/1), Abbey Street (200/1), Cockney Seagull (200/1)

It is unlikely that there is anything lurking in here that will have the ability to beat MARLEY FIRTH, who was readied to win well on his debut and perhaps didn't quite get the trip over further in a Grade 2 last time. Back down to two miles, he will take some beating despite his penalty. Jaisalmer would have very solid claims if he could get back to his form of last season, while similar applies to Lost History, who wouldn't be too far off the mark if back to his Lingfield hurdles debut form. Miss Adventure is another in the same vein, while Miss Tynte is also of interest. Debutante Age Of Wisdom should be checked out in the market and a good start to his career over timber would be no surprise.
  1. Marley Firth
  2. Age Of Wisdom
  3. Jaisalmer

Previous Winners

Golden Birthday
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-5  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: N D Fehily
T: H Fry
Prize Money
1st: £5,393.002nd: £1,584.003rd: £792.004th: £396.00

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