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  • 14:45 Neptune Investment Management Leamington Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • (Grade 2) £25,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 19.70s
  • Off time: 14:45:20

Full result

14:45 Warwick Result 15th January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Court In Motion (IRE) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss E C Lavelle 6 6/4f
Held up in rear, headway after 6th, went 2nd 8th, led after 3 out, soon clear, easily opened 7/4 touched 2/1 £800-£400 £1500-£800 £700-£400 £650-£400(x2)
2nd 21 Neptune Equester 11-0 D F O'Regan B Ellison 8 25/1
Held up, jumped slowly and in rear 6th, headway 8th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, no chance with winner opened 28/1 touched 33/1
3rd 5 Safran De Cotte (FR) 11-4 L Aspell H D Daly 5 16/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, headway next, closing when bad mistake 3 out, not recover, went 3rd flat opened 20/1 touched 20/1
4th 1 Moon Indigo 11-4 B Hughes J Howard Johnson 5 11/1
Tracked leaders, ridden when not fluent 8th, well held from 3 out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 15 Mossley (IRE) 11-7 A Tinkler N J Henderson 5 9/4
Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 7th until not fluent next, no chnace with winner when going 2nd again after 3 out until before 2 out, weakening when blundered 2 out opened 2/1 touched 9/4 £850-£400 £600-£300
6th Jetnova (IRE) 11-4 W Hutchinson A King 6 7/1
Tracked leader, mistake 6th, lost 2nd when mistake next, weakening when mistake 2 out opened 8/1 touched 8/1
PU Lamb's Cross 11-4 David England N A Twiston-Davies 5 50/1
Held up, lost touch before 7th, soon pulled up opened 40/1 touched 50/1
PU Maxdelas (FR) 11-0 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 5 8/1
Led, clear 4th, not fluent 7th, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up after opened 7/1 touched 9/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.60 Tote Place: £1.30,4.00,2.90
Straight Forecast: £38.15 Exacta: £49.80 Trifecta: £421.70 Swingers: 1&2:21.90 2&3:44.70 1&3:10.40

Placepot: £269.20, Pool: £70301.21, 190.63 winning tickets
Quadpot: £22.30, Pool: £5637.57, 186.5 winning tickets

Verdict

A scintillating performance from COURT IN MOTION. Emma Lavelle has never hidden the high regard in which she holds the son of Fruits Of Love and it's not hard to see why after this romp. Held up off the pace set by Maxdelas, which was steady enough due to the testing conditions, the eventual winner cruised through the race and effortlessly made ground up on the leaders down the back straight. His jumping at times still looks a tad novicey (as might be expected) but it didn't hold him back here, indeed it took him to the front at the third last, and he will be a tough nut to crack wherever he goes next, with the ultimate aim likely to be either the 2m5f Neptune Investments race or the 3m Albert Bartlett race at the Festival. Main market rival Mossley travelled well for a long way but he was quickly brushed aside by the winner and his challenge from then on looked laboured. He was collared by Neptune Equester turning for home and barely made it over the second-last flight of hurdles. This chaser in the making looks like he needs a sounder surface and a bit more time judging by this run. Runner-up Neptune Equester was under pressure a fair distance before the home turn but he ran on in pleasing style despite a mistake at the third from home. His yard is in fantastic form and this should do his confidence some good. Although he has the option of returning over fences, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him stick over timber after this solid run. Safran De Cotte, out the rear and outpaced for much of the race, ran on well from the back to take a distant third. Moon Indigo looked like weakening away before the turn for home but he rallied late on and managed fourth spot, whilst Jetnova plugged on at the one pace but mistakes at the final two flights meant he finished out of the places. It's hard to work out what the placed horses have achieved given the distance they were beaten, but the winner has carried joint top-weight to victory in the fashion of a future star. Given he ran a blinder behind Backspin on good-to-soft ground at Newbury in the Challow Hurdle, he doesn't look completely ground dependant but the way he glided over this desperate ground will lead to fans praying for rain come March.