Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle
2m, Class 1
|Saturday 23rd February 2019|
1 Southfield Stone 6/1
2 Angels Breath 8/11F
3 Normal Norman 40/1
7 ran NR: Daphne Du Clos, Rouge Vif
Distances: ¾l, 18l, 8l Time: 3m 41.60s (fast by 0.40s)
Supreme Novices' hope Angels Breath is held in second
Southfield Stone overcomes the favourite Angels Breath despite a mistake at the last to land the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden 👏 pic.twitter.com/4SHLGbUTPI— Kempton Park (@kemptonparkrace) February 23, 2019
Sent off at 6-1, Paul Nicholls’ charge won despite flattening the final flight and drifting over to the stands side, holding the challenge of Angels Breath by three-quarters of a length.
After sharing pacemaking duties with Brecon Hill, Southfield Stone went to the front some way out and looked to have Angels Breath’s measure until the leader’s effort at the last gave the 8-11 favourite hope.
However, Southfield Stone was back on an even keel with the rail to help close home and maintained his advantage.
Nicholls said: “He was fit and well and jumped nicely, bar the last. He was a fit horse and we just took advantage of it.
“He didn’t really get the trip at Taunton over two-three. We thought he was all right and the plan has come off. Angels Breath to be fair has only had one run and a point-to-point and sometimes those horses do get overhyped.
“He is in the Imperial Cup in two weeks’ time, but he might be one to leave to go to Aintree with.
“It has taken me a little bit by surprise. He is a big, improving horse, though, and will be a cracking chaser.”
Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Southfield Stone 6/1||H Cobden
|P F Nicholls||6|
|2nd||¾||Angels Breath (IRE) 8/11f||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||5|
|3rd||18||Normal Norman 40/1||P J Brennan
|4th||8||Brecon Hill (IRE) 25/1||D A Jacob
|Mrs S J Humphrey||6|
|5th||nk||Scarlet Dragon 7/2||Wayne Hutchinson
|F||Tokay Dokey (IRE) 14/1||Harry Skelton
|WN||Daphne Du Clos (FR)||N D Fehily
|N J Henderson||6|
|NR||Rouge Vif (FR)||G Sheehan