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No sooner had the Cheltenham Festival finished than the lockdown began, and, in racing, don’t we know it, never let forget it by the blinkered band who believe that one led to the other.
But the critical consequence of the abandonment of the spring festivals was that certain league tables were left undefined and unrefined, particularly amongst the new-wave novices. Plenty presented themselves at Cheltenham, of course, but we enter a new season with fewer novices unmasked than usual.
Therefore, this list of a dozen novices to follow – comprising both hurdlers and chasers – attempts to dig a little deeper to unearth the lurkers in the less-obvious layer, though there’s also a handful of high-profile horses who could hit the big time.
Appreciate It (IRE)
Cobbler's Way (IRE)
|28 Dec 2018:||Limerick - Frontline Security Flat Race (2m)|
Espoir De Romay (FR)
Lord Baddesley (IRE)
|15 Nov 2020:||Fontwell - Paddy Power Games Novices' Hurdle (GBB Race) (2m 1½f)|
|2 Oct 2020:||Fontwell - Final Furlong Podcast Novices' Hurdle (GBB Race) (2m 1½f)|
|23 Oct 2019:||Worcester - MansionBet Faller Insurance Standard Open NH Flat Race (2m)|
Ragnar Lodbrok (IRE)
The Big Getaway
The Edgar Wallace (IRE)
|6 Nov 2019:||Chepstow - Jason Aldridge Half Century Maiden Hurdle (2m 3½f)|
|24 Feb 2019:||Fontwell - Netbet Betmaker Maiden Open NH Flat Race (2m 1½f)|
|6 Dec 2019:||Sedgefield - Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (2m 4f)|
|12 Oct 2019:||Hexham - Campbell & Rowley Sporting Event Specialists Novices' Hurdle (2m)|
- 7-y-o; bay gelding
- Breeding: Sholokhov - Gales Return (Bob's Return)
- Trained by: N A Twiston-Davies
- Last Race: Leicester, 18 Feb 2021 12:30
- Result: PU/8, led narrowly, mistake 1st, headed narrowly 5th, led after 7th, headed 9th, led 12th, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, soon weakened, pulled up after jumping the last
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