Crest Nicholson Bath Riverside Handicap 1m 2f 46y
- (4yo+, 1m 2f 46y, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 7.57s
- Off time: 19:10:23
|1st||3 Sheila's Buddy||4/1|
Aryal (ex6) 7
|4||139 9-13 b||M Johnston||F Norton||75||15/8|
Jacob Cats (ex6) 8
|5||139 9-13 v||W J Knight||Jim Crowley||75||11/8f|
Sheila's Buddy 18
|5||133 9-7 h||J S Moore||R Hughes||75||4/1|
|6||128 9-2||J A Geake||J Fortune||70||8/1|
Aryal put an erratic campaign behind him when seemingly appreciative of the drop to 1m2f at Beverley a week ago and is a leading contender on that evidence for Mark Johnston under a 6lb penalty. In contrast, JACOB CATS, who also totes a 6lb penalty, seemed to relish the step-up in trip at Chepstow eight days ago, landing an ordinary handicap for the track with the minimum of fuss. With little between the pair on ratings, William Knight's charge may just offer better value in what's likely to prove a tactical affair. Course and distance winner Sheila's Buddy sports a first-time hood, having found winning tough since his last success in the all-weather winter campaign of 2012. Heezararity caused a shock when obliging at Windsor in April but hasn't been seen since and needs to improve again to trouble the top two in the weights.
Sheila's Buddy 14-1 (8-9) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway on inside over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Jacob Cats 2-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leading pair on outside, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear when ridden over 1f out, ridden out, won at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun beating Jebril (9-4) by 5l, 5 ran.
Aryal 9-2 (9-4) Stumbled start, tracked leaders, soon went 2nd, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Ocean Applause (8-9) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Heezararity 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr beating Palus San Marco (8-12) by 1/2l, 13 ran.