2m. 47yds. 5 Declared.
Edinburgh Gin Owner Trainer Jockey Awards Novices' Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 4 ) of £8,000.00 4-y-o plus
1st - €4,357.00 2nd - €2,007.00 3rd - €1,003.00 4th - €502.00
Formscan - This looks between Irish raiders PINYON JAY and I Love My Baie, both of whom made winning hurdling debuts with ease in 2m4f maidens last time out. The latter's came at this venue in July and, as a brother to French Champion Hurdle winner Hermes Baie, he's bred to be useful in this sphere. However, he looked better the further he went that day, so the drop in trip is a concern and slight preference is for Gordon Elliott's gelding in receipt of 2lb. Despite plenty going wrong at Down Royal 27 days ago, the selection still ran out a facile winner and there should be a lot more to come, given how green he was that day. Lucinda Russell won this race last year and her point-to-point winner Whistle Stop Tour would be dangerous to dismiss.