Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle 2012 


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Dodging Bullets On Fire in Open Novices Hurdle

1 Dodging Bullets 5/4F
2 River Maigue 4/1
3 Court Minstrel 6/1
8 ran Distances: 1½l, 1½l, ½l
TIME 4m 27.00s (slow by 36.00s)

5-4 favourite Dodging Bullets made virtually every yard in the Grade Two Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle to give Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh a double on the first day of the Open Meeting at Cheltenham.

Dodging Bullets
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Dodging Bullets

Walsh was positive from the off aboard the Frankie Dettori-bred winner, but he looked to have a battle on his hands as there were five in with a chance at the last.

However, a sound leap from Dodging Bullets saw him land in front and he stayed on up the hill, finding the necessary extra to repel River Maigue by a length and a half. Court Minstrel was the same distance back in third.

Nicholls said: "He wants a fast-run race, he stays and this will have done him the world of good. He showed last year in the Triumph Hurdle that he's a classy horse, but he was just struggling with his breathing.

"We might go for the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day and then come back for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle here - it's a long way off to start planning yet."


Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)
£25,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 110y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to soft (good in places)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Dodging Bullets
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 7lbs
5 - 4
River Maigue
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 0lbs
4 - 1
1 1/2 length
Court Minstrel
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
11st 7lbs
6 - 1
1 1/2 length
Duke Of Navan
N G Richards
D N Russell
11st 4lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
Run With The Wind
M Hourigan
T J Murphy
11st 7lbs
12 - 1
1 3/4 length
Magic Spear
C A Murphy
R M Power
11st 7lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 4lbs
4 - 1
10 lengths
Ted Dolly
E U Hales
R Thornton
11st 7lbs
100 - 1
21 lengths

Opus Energy supply more than 140,000 business locations across the UK with power. Customers include: CfBT Education Trust, Stagecoach, Pizza Hut and Virgin Media.

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