Today's racecards

Worcester

  • 19:40 HallmarkHulme Novices' Hurdle2m 7f

  • Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 35.10s
  • Off time: 19:40:46
19:40 Worcester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Byron Blue (IRE) 2/1
2nd Merrion Square (IRE) 8/11

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 U87-231 Pink, Dark Blue sash and armlets Byron Blue (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-5 Mark Gillard Tom Cannon 119 2/13.00
2 2FF6-1P BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Merrion Square (IRE) 43
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-5 t P F Nicholls Alex Chadwick (10) 130 8/111.73
4 5/590- Maroon, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow sleeves, maroon armlets, yellow cap Vendredi Trois (FR) 244
Nag me
5 10-12 h Miss E C Lavelle Aidan Coleman 18/119.00
5 5 Black, Emerald Green Cross of Lorraine Amberjam (IRE) 62
Nag me
4 10-9 t Martin Smith L P Aspell 100/1101.00
6 6-78786 White and Orange check, hooped sleeves and cap Moaning Butcher 27
Nag me
4 10-9 Dave Roberts Lee Edwards 78 66/167.00
7 45 Violet, mauve cap Petrovic (IRE) 18
Nag me
5 10-5 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 25/126.00
8 231-354 Dark Blue and White stripes, checked sleeves Supapowers (IRE) 28
Nag me
8 10-5 Robert Stephens T J O'Brien 12/113.00
Non runners
33Celesta (IRE)610-12N A Twiston-DaviesS Twiston-Davies

Verdict

Alex Chadwick is having only his second ride in public but will be on a short-priced favourite in Merrion Square. Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old won over course and distance in May before being pulled up over fences at Newton Abbot and is probably the one to beat. But we might take a chance on CELESTA, who has a jumping pedigree and looked as though he needed much further when third in a bumper at Uttoxeter in June on his racecourse debut. Byron Blue only won a seller here last month while winning pointer Supapowers made little impression at Southwell but Petrovic is probably capable of better.