Today's racecards

Haydock Park

  • 13:55 Read Nicholls & Mccain Exclusively On Betfair Novices' Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 52.60s
  • Off time: 13:55:30
13:55 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zamdy Man 15/8
2nd Oscar Hoof (IRE) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 52208-1 Emerald green and royal blue (quartered), white and emerald green striped sleeves Zamdy Man 20
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-8 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 132 15/82.88
2 11 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Franciscan 14
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-6 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 127 7/18.00
3 16-1 Royal blue and white stripes, light blue sleeves, white cap King Rolfe (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-6 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne 20/121.00
4 154-211 Black, black and maroon striped cap Purple Bay (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-6 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 130 9/43.25
5 131- White, emerald green disc, black sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap Oscar Hoof (IRE) 209
Nag me
5 11-0 N J Henderson A Tinkler 3/14.00

Verdict

Five last-time-out winners speaks for itself in a cracking Listed contest. Zandy Man was always in control when making all to get off the mark at Ascot but is asked to concede weight all round under race conditions. Franciscan has done nothing wrong in landing two from two and the ex-Cumani inmate is fully deserving of a shot at this higher level, whereas King Rolfe does look as if he may have to improve considerably on his Stratford success. PURPLE BAY has won his last two - both ordinary novice hurdles - without coming out of a canter, clearly indicating that he has plenty more to offer. The same could be said of all his rivals but he's taken to make it three on the bounce here after those most taking performances. Oscar Hoof tackles hurdles for the first time after showing real promise in bumpers. He has an absence to overcome too but it is interesting that the champion trainer plunges him straight into Listed grade for his initial hurdling experience.