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Doncaster

  • 13:55 British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 3f 110y

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 58.20s
  • Off time: 13:55:42
13:55 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st African Gold (IRE) 13/8
2nd Close Touch 11/10
3rd Mcllhatton (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 12111 Royal blue and grey diamonds, quartered cap African Gold (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-12 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 135 13/82.62
2 111 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Close Touch 76
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5 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 11/102.10
3 621P12 Emerald Green, Red hoops, quartered cap Saints And Sinners (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-12 M W Easterby Jake Greenall (3) 124 11/112.00
4 54 Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Champagne N Caviar (IRE) 60
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5 11-2 A King W Hutchinson 66/167.00
5 1- Pink, pink cap, royal blue spots Classical Twist (IRE) 368
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5 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (5) 33/134.00
6 2260 Red, white chevrons, red sleeves, white spots, red cap Dare To Endeavour 30
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6 11-2 P Bowen Donal Devereux (3) 66/167.00
7 944-99 ROYAL BLUE, red star, yellow cap Deportation 26
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6 11-2 J R Norton F Davis 100/1101.00
8 0-3P07 White, Maroon chevrons, Maroon sleeves, White diamonds, White cap, Maroon diamond Discoverie 15
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5 11-2 Mrs Dianne Sayer Ryan Mania 100/1101.00
9 700 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, striped sleeves and star on cap Executive Strike 7
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7 11-2 N J Pomfret Trevor Whelan (5) 100/1101.00
10 6-57 MAROON, WHITE hooped sleeves Irish By Name (IRE) 43
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7 11-2 J Wade B Hughes 100/1101.00
11 31-35 Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Mcllhatton (IRE) 76
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5 11-2 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon (3) 12/113.00
12 1- White, Mauve stars Minella Fifty (IRE) 326
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5 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill Mr A J Berry (3) 25/126.00
13 1 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Warden Hill (IRE) 67
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5 11-2 M R Channon D Elsworth 16/117.00

Verdict

Two very promising novices lock horns here with CLOSE TOUCH narrowly preferred to African Gold. The Queen's gelding tackles this longer trip for the first time but his form over 2m is working out well with Ascot runner-up Fair Trade landing a very well-contested jumpers' bumper last month. He still holds an entry in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. African Gold showed plenty of resolution to win a handicap over 2m5f at Newbury last time but gives the impression he'll do even better over 3m while Saints And Sinners needs to improve again on a recent course and distance second if he's to trouble the likely principals. Mcllhatton may need more time and that comment also applies to points winners Classical Twist and Minella Fifty as well as winning bumper Warden Hill.