Wensum Valley Maiden Chase 2m 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £2,395 2nd £698 3rd £349
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 39.60s
- Off time: 15:05:12
Earth Tremor (IRE) 51
|7||154 11-0 t||Tim Vaughan||R J Killoran||5/2|
Watch House (IRE) 429
|8||154 11-0||M Gates||Mr N De Boinville (7)||11/2|
Groomed (IRE) 6
|5||150 10-10||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (3)||6/5f|
Persian Herald 13
|5||150 10-10 p1||N B King||A Merriam||9/2|
Fly Town (IRE)
||7||10-7||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge||15/8|
GROOMED looks the one to be on here. He won twice on the Flat and was third here on his UK debut over hurdles following a campaign in Ireland. The five-year-old has more scope than stablemate Earth Tremor, who has still to win a race of any description and is a little one-paced. Persian Herald was hit-and-miss over hurdles and it remains to be seen how he takes to fences but he still looks a better bet than the returning Watch House to spoil a Tim Vaughan 1-2.
Groomed (IRE) 17-2 (11-11) Mid-division, challenged 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Chicklemix (11-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Persian Herald 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 48l behind Drussell (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Earth Tremor (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway approaching 4th, weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind At Fishers Cross (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Watch House (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Led, driven and headed 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 14, 21l behind Greenlaw (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct '11.