Fontwell Park

  • 15:10 Docker Hughes Memorial Novices' Hurdle2m 6f 110y

  • Winner £3,509 2nd £1,030 3rd £515 4th £258
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 54.85s
  • Off time: 15:11:04
15:10 Fontwell Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Virtuel D'oudon (FR) 2/1
2nd Ballyheigue Bay (IRE) 4/1
3rd Arthur's Oak 10/11

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3241 YELLOW, LIGHT BLUE Cross of Lorraine and armlets Arthur's Oak 44
Nag me
6 11-8 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 124 10/111.91
2 P-865 Red, black hoop, black sleeves, red spots, black cap, red spots A Keen Sense (GER) 32
Nag me
5 11-2 David Dennis L P Aspell 12/113.00
3 52F-F13 Royal Blue, Beige hoop, armlets and cap Ballyheigue Bay (IRE) 15
Nag me
7 11-2 C Gordon Tom Cannon 4/15.00
4 544 Emerald green, white cross of lorraine, armlets and cap Double U Dot Ede's 15
Nag me
5 11-2 P Phelan Paddy Bradley (10) 33/134.00
5 5 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE seams, RED and WHITE hooped cap Eddy 171
Nag me
5 11-2 J F Panvert C Wallis (5) 33/134.00
6 06/PPP-P Emerald Green, White chevron, Royal Blue sleeves, White cap Montys Cash 13
Nag me
8 11-2 h Mrs H Cobb Joshua Moore 66/167.00
7 P-2611 Orange, large emerald green spots, orange sleeves, emerald green spots, emerald green cap Virtuel D'oudon (FR) 29
Nag me
5 11-2 D Pipe C O'Farrell 2/13.00
8 PPP-0F Maroon, Light Blue sash, Yellow cap Redinga 10
Nag me
8 10-9 t Mrs L C Jewell Gerard Tumelty 150/1151.00

Verdict

Arthur's Oak's victory at Exeter has given out mixed messages. The fourth won next time but the second and third have both been well beaten since. Conceding 6lb, we are going to take on the Venetia Williams gelding with VIRTUEL D'OUDON. Another front-runner, the winning pointer never looked in any danger on his debut under Rules in a Plumpton bumper and looks capable of better. Ballyheigue Bay was a fair third to Sergeant Mattie on his hurdling debut at Plumpton and could be the one to profit should the market leaders take each other on.