Independent Racecourses Limited IRL Handicap Hurdle 3m 3f
- (4yo+, 3m 3f, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 12.64s
- Off time: 16:41:07
|1st||1 Jaunty Journey||5/2|
Jaunty Journey 23
|11||166 11-12 v||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||100||5/2|
Elegant Olive 7
|11||166 11-12||R Curtis||Hadden Frost||100||14/1|
Fortification (USA) 30
|11||164 11-10 p||S A Hughes||L P Aspell||98||8/1|
Award Winner 33
|11||159 11-5 v||B G Powell||A P McCoy||93||7/2|
According To Them (IRE) 22
|10||154 11-0 pt||D Steele||G Sheehan (3)||88||16/1|
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 183
|10||150 10-10 p||N P Mulholland||Michael Byrne||84||20/1|
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 77
|9||146 10-6||J W Mullins||A Thornton||80||15/8f|
|10||140 10-0 b||Dr J R J Naylor||W P Kavanagh (3)||69||20/1|
The champ has ridden AWARD WINNER to all but one of his nine career victories. The 11-year-old is only a pound higher than his last success and could be worth chancing over a longer trip with question marks also surrounding most of his rivals. Jaunty Journey has been placed the last twice but still looks fairly treated and should be thereabouts but Elegant Olive was an early casualty at Fontwell after winning at Huntingdon and According To Them won a very uncompetitive chase at Plumpton two runs ago.
Jaunty Journey 9-1 (10-7) Mistakes, prominent, led before 3rd, headed next, outpaced 14th, rallied 18th, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Loughalder (10-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) With leader until 6 out, ridden before next, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Admiral Blake (10-1) at Exeter 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Acosta 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 2nd, led before 8th, mistake and headed next, weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 14, 37l behind Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) In rear, behind and ridden 7th, jumped left 12th, remote when brought down 16th, in a race won by Volio Vincente (9-9) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Sep, 10 ran.
According To Them (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Towards rear, pushed along 8th, ridden 12th, soon struggling, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Tarraco (11-10) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Elegant Olive 20-1 (11-4) Held up behind, mistake and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Sea Cadet (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Fortification (USA) 5-4 (12-0) (cp) prom; led 11-13; wknd 3 out, 4th of 10, 18l behind Chosen Milan (11-7) at Curre & Llangibby 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Award Winner 20-1 (11-10) Raced wide, chased winner until before 5th, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind The Darling Boy (11-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.