Clipston Handicap Chase 2m 4f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.10s
- Off time: 15:10:20
|1st||2 Crescent Beach||9/4|
Lodgician (IRE) 45
|11||166 11-12 vt||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||94||9/2|
Crescent Beach (IRE) 83
|6||157 11-3||Henry Oliver||P J Brennan||85||9/4|
Bally Lagan (IRE) 11
|5||154 11-0 t||R Dickin||C Poste||82||6/5f|
Badb Catha (IRE) 41
|7||140 10-0 t||R Curtis||D Crosse||66||14/1|
Mad Professor (IRE) 12
|10||140 10-0 b||J R Cornwall||Joseph Cornwall (5)||65||16/1|
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 20
|7||140 10-0||John R Upson||G Sheehan (3)||48||40/1|
||10||112||R C Harper||James Banks||84||NR|
||5||106 t1||Mark Campion||Garry Lavery||74||NR|
Witch's Hat (IRE)
||9||10-9||J A B Old||M D Grant||9/4|
It's hard to have much confidence in any of these. Crescent Beach could figure judged on his placed efforts over shorter trips but he's yet to win a race of any kind and LODGICIAN gets the token vote. He scored at Cartmel in July and if the ground remains fast, Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge may be up to landing this. Bally Lagan has slipped further down the weights but has yet to show any improvement for it, while a second at Southwell during the summer is Mad Professor's best effort of the year so far.
Chapel House 20-1 (10-3) Tracked clear leader, ridden and weakened from 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Safferano (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 10 ran.
Minkie Moon (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Always in rear, tailed off before 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Loose Preformer (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Crescent Beach (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) With leaders when mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Brimham Boy (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Lodgician (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 14, 16l behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Bally Lagan (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, ridden and weakening when blundered 3 out, 5th of 12, 24l behind Alpancho (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Badb Catha (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Held up in last pair, not fluent 1st, pushed along and struggling in 5th after 9th, no chance when blundered 4 out, kept on flat, 6th of 8, 15l behind Upton Mead (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Mad Professor (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Not fluent 1st, tracked winner, reminder 8th, lost place when mistake 4 out, no chance with leaders from next, last of 4, 42l behind Carobello (11-3) at Fakenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov.
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Prominent until blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Waltzing Tornado (11-8) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 5 ran.