Sportingbet Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 2, 10 runners)
- Winner £12,996 2nd £3,816 3rd £1,908 4th £954
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 45.90s
- Off time: 14:35:33
|1st||10 At Fishers Cross||4/1|
Topolski (IRE) 21
|6||166 11-12 t1||D W P Arbuthnot||Tom Cannon (3)||138||50/1|
Kingcora (FR) 406
|4||164 11-10||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||136||25/1|
Princely Player (IRE) 41
|5||164 11-10||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||136||9/2|
Star of Angels 217
|8||162 11-8 b||D Pipe||T Scudamore||134||20/1|
Passato (GER) 28
|8||162 11-8 pt||Miss J S Davis||D A Jacob||134||66/1|
Hunting Tower 56
|8||158 11-4 t||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (5)||130||66/1|
Salubrious (IRE) 35
|5||157 11-3||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||129||5/2f|
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 41
|5||155 11-1||Tim Vaughan||D C Costello||127||7/1|
Ardlui (IRE) 29
|4||153 10-13||A King||R Thornton||125||10/3|
At Fishers Cross (IRE) 20
|5||150 10-10||Miss R Curtis||A P McCoy||122||4/1|
Princely Player, beaten less than a length in a Listed hurdle over a shorter trip at Kempton after winning at Exeter, is one for the short-list here as is Salubrious, who was a solid fourth in a Grade 3 handicap at Chepstow on his reappearance. At Fishers Cross landed the odds at Ffos Las last month and is unexposed while Scots Gaelic was in good form on the Flat in Ireland before joining Tim Vaughan and looks a better bet than new stablemate Hunting Tower. ARDLUI is another who has been running well on the level and he won a 2m handicap on soft ground at Newmarket last month. The four-year-old also won over hurdles here a year ago and is probably still on a decent mark so gets the nod. Star Of Angels is capable on his day but lacks a recent run.
At Fishers Cross (IRE) 4-7fav (10-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st or when challenging 5th, led last, eased clear, readily, won at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Copper Birch (10-9) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Salubrious (IRE) 5-2fav (10-10) Took keen nhold, chased leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed approaching next, ridden and no extra when dropped to 4th 2 out, 4th of 13, 7l behind Lamb Or Cod (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Ardlui (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 15th of 24, 24l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Star of Angels 9-1 (11-4) In touch on inside, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 17, 35l behind Gibb River (11-7) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Princely Player (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, went 2nd before 2 out until approaching last, went 2nd again flat, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Hawkhill (11-6) at Kempton 2m Listed nov hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Passato (GER) 25-1 (10-12) Went right 1st, chased leaders, went 2nd briefly after 2nd, chased leaders until weakened approaching 6th, 7th of 12, 12l behind Gus Macrae (9-12) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Kingcora (FR) (10-7) won at Enghien(FR) 2m 1f hdl sft in Oct '11 beating Catch One (10-7) by 5l, 14 ran.
Hunting Tower 12-1 (10-8) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 12th of 20, 42l behind Heaney (10-4) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl gd in Oct.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Settled behind leaders, mistake 4th, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 4 out, improved to 2nd after 3 out, challenged briefly before 2 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, no impression winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Foildubh (11-8) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Topolski (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 3rd, pushed along 5th, weakened after 3 out, last of 7, 39l behind Zarkandar (11-10) at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.