Wincanton

  • 15:30 Higos Award Winning Insurance Advice Novices' Handicap Hurdle2m

  • Winner £5,523 2nd £1,622 3rd £811 4th £405
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.70s
  • Off time: 15:30:20
15:30 Wincanton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st In The Crowd (IRE) 10/1
2nd Suerte Al Salto (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 321213 Beige, grey epaulets Ivan Vasilevich (IRE) 188
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-12 t Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 125 16/117.00
2 111122 Emerald Green and White (quartered), Orange and White halved sleeves, Orange cap, White star Home Run (GER) 8
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-11 p D Pipe Samuel Welton (10) 124 3/14.00
3 0-16222 DARK GREEN, WHITE chevron, LIGHT GREEN sleeves, DARK GREEN and WHITE check cap Suerte Al Salto (IRE) 33
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-7 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (5) 120 9/43.25
4 982111 Dark Blue, White seams, White sleeves, Dark Blue seams and cap Xaarcet (IRE) 11
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 120 5/16.00
6 342-431 Royal Blue, Pink hoop Islandmagee (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-12 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 111 3/14.00
7 317 Red, Mauve star, Emerald Green sleeves, Mauve stars, Emerald Green cap, Mauve star In The Crowd (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-2 R J Price D Bass 110 10/111.00
Non runners
5P-52944Tiny Tenor (IRE)711-2J ScottNick Scholfield115

Verdict

Home Run has been superbly placed to win five of his last eight starts. He's been placed in the other three and is back in the right grade here so can't be ignored as he was successful over course and distance on Boxing Day. Xaarcet is another arriving at the top of his game having completed a hat-trick over 2m6f here 11 days ago, though he didn't come into his own until tackling longer trips. Suerte Al Salto should be winning soon having finished second twice in novice hurdles at Taunton and in a jumpers' bumper at Kempton but Ivan Vasilevich returns following a winter break and Tiny Tenor and In The Crowd would need to improve to get involved. ISLANDMAGEE won on his handicap debut at Kempton and the third franked the form at Sandown last week. He's only 5lb higher here and a follow-up is on the cards.