Mirror Punters Club Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,574 2nd £1,049 3rd £525 4th £262
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 7.10s
- Off time: 13:47:22
|1st||5 Fine Kingdom||6/1|
|2nd||3 Flora's Pride||9||9/2|
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 16
|6||166 11-12||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||115||3/1f|
Helium (FR) 24
|8||165 11-11||Mrs S Leech||A Thornton||114||7/1|
Flora's Pride 14
|9||157 11-3||K G Reveley||Mr R Lindsay (7)||106||9/2|
Knight Valliant 14
|10||153 10-13||Mrs B Butterworth||Miss E Butterworth (7)||102||4/1|
Fine Kingdom 41
|4||148 10-8 b||B Ellison||J Reveley||110||6/1|
Amir Pasha (UAE) 14
|8||143 10-3 v||Micky Hammond||K Renwick||92||10/1|
Nicene Creed 14
|8||142 10-2||Mrs S Leech||Donal Fahy||91||13/2|
Flora's Pride beat previous winner and today's rival Knight Valliant over C&D a fortnight ago. They're closely matched and hard to separate on that running and the vote goes instead to VALLEYOFMILAN. The latter is back in testing ground for the first time since finishing runner-up at Uttoxeter and Donald McCain's charge is fancied to handle today's underfoot conditions better than Helium. The latter will have come on for his comeback in much better company at Sandown while Fine Kingdom should run his usual solid race without being good enough.
Fine Kingdom 5-4fav (10-12) Led to 2nd, pushed along before and blundered 4 out, soon reminders, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 4, 33l behind Kealshore Again (10-12) at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Flora's Pride 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 4th, led before 2 out, strongly challenged when rider lost irons approaching last, soon recovered, stayed on strongly, won at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Knight Valliant (11-3) by 2 1/4l, 17 ran.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 20-1 (11-1) In touch, weakened before 3 out, 14th of 17, 36l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Knight Valliant 7-2fav (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, every chance from 2 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 2nd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Helium (FR) 66-1 (10-0) Always behind, 8th of 12, 22l behind Petit Robin (11-5) at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Dec.
Nicene Creed 16-1 (11-12) Last pair, ridden and struggling when reminders after 5th, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Boomtown (10-6) at Folkestone 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) Led, ridden approaching 3 out, went left and headed next, kept on same pace, beaten when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 11, 17l behind Lord Wishes (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.