Sheppard Family Handicap Chase (For The Gay, Eve And Tim Sheppard Memorial Cup) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £6,330 2nd £1,870 3rd £935 4th £468 5th £234
- Going: Good to Firm (Good in places (Watering))
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 44.40s
- Off time: 19:00:28
|1st||4 Buck Mulligan||11/2|
|2nd||2 Seventh Sky||3¼||5/2|
|12||166 11-12 h||V R A Dartnall||D F O'Regan||128||11/1|
Seventh Sky (GER) 27
|7||163 11-9 pt||C J Mann||G Sheehan||125||5/2|
|9||160 11-6||M Keighley||A P McCoy||122||13/8f|
Buck Mulligan 82
|9||157 11-3||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||119||11/2|
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 27
|6||151 10-11 p||P R Webber||Jack Sherwood (7)||113||7/1|
Giant O Murchu (IRE) 7
|10||146 10-6 p||Mrs L Hill||D C Costello||108||14/1|
Apache Dawn 13
|10||140 10-0 t||A Sadik||Lee Edwards||79||100/1|
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE)
||12||11-11||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||9/1|
Hayjack (13/8), Seventh Sky (5/2), Buck Mulligan (11/2), Lemon Drop Red (7/1), Overclear (11/1), Giant O Murchu (14/1), Apache Dawn (100/1)
Overclear gained a first success since 2009 when coming home with plenty to spare at Fontwell last month but will find this a more demanding examination off a 9lb hike in the ratings. SEVENTH SKY was always jumping left when gaining an initial chase success at the same track on his third start over the larger obstacles but that shouldn't be too much of an issue here and hopefully he'll iron out such kinks in his technique with experience anyway. Previously, he'd revealed considerable promise on his first two fencing expeditions behind the likes of Grumeti and Makari and rates the obvious improver for a yard enjoying a good time this term. He should confirm form with Lemon Drop Red and a 5lb rise in the weights is acceptable. Buck Mulligan has talent but is becoming increasingly frustrating and we'll leave him for now.
Buck Mulligan 7-2 (11-10) Took keen hold, held up in touch, went modest 3rd 4 out, weakened to 4th flat, 4th of 6, 22l behind Rockiteer (11-13) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Seventh Sky (GER) 8-11fav (10-12) Made all, jumped left at times, pressed 4 out until 3 out, clear last, eased towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nov chs (4) gd in Jun beating Lemon Drop Red (10-12) by 12l, 5 ran.
Hayjack 7-4 (11-5) With leader, led before 2nd, clear 4th, not fluent 7th, 10 lengths ahead 4 out, ridden next, mistake and reduced lead 2 out, headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Lost Legend (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Overclear 16-1 (11-12) Led until 1st, tracked leader, reminders 5th and 6th, led before 7th, mistake 2 out, clear last, stayed on, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun beating Boss In Boots (11-2) by 12l, 9 ran.
Giant O Murchu (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Held up, not fluent 12th, well beaten 6th 3 out, 8th of 10, 40l behind Rockchasebullett (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Apache Dawn 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders to before 4 out, weakened before next, 8th of 11, 33l behind Red Rosso (9-11) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, challenged before 4 out, ridden after 3 out, hit next, no impression last, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Seventh Sky (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.