Bet365 Hurdle
Grade 2, Wetherby 14:40
£37,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 1
Saturday 1st November 2014

entries1 Cole Harden 9/4
2 Medinas 8/1
3 At Fishers Cross 4/7 F
3 ran Distances: 8l, 2½l
TIME 5m 52.00s (fast by 8.00s)

At Fishers Cross finishes last of three in the bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby. The progressive Cole Harden winning at 9/4 with Medinas in second

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Cole Harden
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Cole Harden

Having run well at all the major spring festivals last year, At Fishers Cross appeared to be over his ailments and for most of the race Tony McCoy looked happy, but early in the straight he tried to close in on Cole Harden and there was no immediate response.

Gavin Sheehan had yet to ask for everything in front and a good leap at the last sealed victory for one of last season's leading novices, the 9-4 chance finishing eight lengths in front of Medinas, with At Fishers Cross even further behind.

At Fishers Cross
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At Fishers Cross
Winning trainer Warren Greatrex said: "I had a feeling he'd improved a lot over the summer and I think he'll improve from this. If it hadn't gone well today we could have gone back to handicaps. That was impressive, though, and we'll look at the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury."

Rebecca Curtis floated the idea that At Fishers Cross may now go novice chasing.

She said: "I think he'll improve from that, but I don't know what to make of it really. AP (McCoy) thought he was going to pick them up turning in, but he found little. AP thinks he might be worth a go over fences and if JP (McManus) agrees, that might be the way we go."

 

Bet365 Hurdle
£37,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
3 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

  Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1 Cole Harden (IRE) 9/4
G Sheehan
11-0 W Greatrex 5
2 8 Medinas (FR) 8/1
W Hutchinson
11-0 A King 7
3 At Fishers Cross (IRE) 4/7F
A P McCoy
11-0 Miss R Curtis 7