StanJames.com Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 7.20s
- Off time: 15:55:16
|2nd||1 Rebel Rebellion||1¾||7/1|
Rebel Rebellion (IRE) 28
|9||166 11-12 bt||P F Nicholls||Ryan Mahon||146||7/1|
Majala (FR) 21
|8||162 11-8 t||T R George||P J Brennan||142||6/1|
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 35
|6||153 10-13 t1||P F Nicholls||N Fehily||133||7/2|
Shangani (USA) 22
|8||152 10-12||Miss V Williams||T Scudamore||132||3/1f|
Dashing George (IRE) 15
|12||149 10-9||P Winks||Mr R Winks (7)||129||10/1|
Tara Rose 85
|9||145 10-5 t||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||125||8/1|
Elenika (FR) 15
|6||143 10-3||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||123||9/2|
||8||114 v1||N J Henderson||Non Runner||138||NR|
Pacha Du Polder (FR)
||6||11-3||P F Nicholls||Ryan Mahon||18/1|
Paul Nicholls and Venetia Williams are both doubly represented in this. Jockey bookings would suggest course winner ULCK DU LIN might be the pick of the former's pair as, though he's been a bit disappointing this season, he's feasibly handicapped at present and has winning form on the track - he gets a tentative vote. Shangani looks to have the better chance of the latter's two runners having run in this grade at Cheltenham in January before finishing second to Une Artiste at Kempton. Dashing George bounced back to winning ways at Fakenham last month but this is much tougher and Majala and Tara Rose are out of sorts at present.
Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, no real impression when blundered 14th, no chance after, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Planet Of Sound (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Shangani (USA) 6-1 (11-7) Led, blundered 3rd, hit 7th, hit 11th, headed 12th, chased winner, hit 4 out and ridden, driven and tried to rally as winner hung left between last 2, 1 length down last, no extra and held flat, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Une Artiste (10-3) at Kempton 2m 4f grd chs (5yo+) (2) hvy in Feb.
Rebel Rebellion (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Chased clear leader until 8th, every chance 3 out, 3rd and beaten before last, weakened flat, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Grey Gold (11-2) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Elenika (FR) 11-10fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, mistake and dropped to rear 12th, hit next, soon ridden and plugged on same pace, 4th of 5, 18l behind Dashing George (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.
Tara Rose 5-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway before 9th, ridden before last, no impression, 6th of 7, 21l behind Bally Legend (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Dec.
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 11-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, outpaced on long run before 2 out, never able to challenge, weakened before last, 8th of 10, 41l behind Wishfull Thinking (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.
Dashing George (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st and rider lost iron, joined leader next, led 3rd, made rest, left clear 3 out, rider dropped whip after next, increased lead approaching last, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb beating Sir Lynx (10-5) by 11l, 5 ran.
Majala (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, effort before 2 out, no impression, 5th of 7, 20l behind Mr Moonshine (11-4) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb.