Holt Handicap Hurdle 2m 7f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 7f 110y, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 57.80s
- Off time: 15:40:24
|1st||6 Smart Exit||11/2|
|2nd||4 Everdon Brook||1¾||5/1|
Native Colony 43
|5||166 11-12||N B King||Trevor Whelan (5)||110||33/1|
Go Amwell 22
|10||161 11-7 v||J R Jenkins||Wayne Hutchinson||105||14/1|
Ben Cee Pee M (IRE) 403
|8||157 11-3||O Sherwood||A P McCoy||101||11/4|
Everdon Brook (IRE) 22
|8||156 11-2 p||D Thompson||Tony Kelly (5)||100||5/1|
Smart Exit (IRE) 33
|6||155 11-1||Mrs P Robeson||Joshua Moore (3)||99||11/2|
Gilzean (IRE) 4
|7||141 10-1||A M Hales||Killian Moore (7)||85||11/8f|
||9||112 pt||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne||100||NR|
||7||11-0||Mrs S J Humphrey||D C Costello||5/1|
Everdon Brook arrives in fine form but the soft ground here is a real worry and he's shot up the weights after back-to-back wins here and at Musselburgh. The going may also be too testing for Go Amwell while Sangfroid hasn't won since 2009 and, though tumbling down the weights, is another with ground concerns. GILZEAN's second at Catterick last Friday was a huge improvement on previous efforts. If he can reproduce that form here, the bottom weight would probably be the one to beat with Ben Cee Pee M returning from a lengthy absence.
Sangfroid 12-1 (10-5) Mid-division, struggliung 8th, kept on from 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 13, 21l behind Fred The Shred (10-3) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Smart Exit (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden and weakened 4 out, behind next, tailed off when pulled up last, in a race won by Okafranca (10-4) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Everdon Brook (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, led before 2 out, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec beating Uncut Stone (11-9) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Gilzean (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Always prominent, led 9th, ridden and hard pressed 2 out, headed narrowly last, kept on same pace in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Rowan Road (10-1) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Ben Cee Pee M (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, mistake 3rd, headway before 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 5, 38l behind Tarvini (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Nov '11.
Native Colony 16-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden after 5th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 9, 33l behind Tealissio (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Go Amwell 40-1 (11-4) Held up, wide and headway to go prominent 2nd, every chance when hit 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 17l behind Who Owns Me (11-7) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.