Wilmot-Smith Memorial Cup (Hunters' Chase) 3m 1f
- (6yo+, 3m 1f, Class 6, 7 runners)
- Winner £988 2nd £304 3rd £152
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 54.90s
- Off time: 13:36:54
|1st||7 Palypso De Creek||2/1f|
|2nd||1 Benefit Night||13||8/1|
Benefit Night (IRE) 20
|13||172 12-4 bt||Mrs Polly Stockton||Ryan Hatch (7)||125||8/1|
|8||172 12-4||F O'Brien||Mr S Drinkwater (3)||112||10/3|
On Borrowed Wings (IRE) 34
|10||172 12-4 p||Mrs A Rucker||Mr T Weston||135||9/2|
Special Portrait (IRE) 20
|9||172 12-4 t||Mark Hughes||Mr W Kinsey (3)||109||9/2|
Supreme Plan (IRE) 20
|10||168 12-0||E Cameron||Mr G R Smith (7)||111||22/1|
My Mate Vic (IRE) 30
|8||164 11-10||J Wade||Colm McCormack (3)||66/1|
Palypso De Creek (FR) 20
|10||164 11-10||Mrs J Dawson||Miss C V Hart (7)||105||2/1f|
On Borrowed Wings boasts the highest official rating but hasn't raced over regulation fences since May last year. BENEFIT NIGHT has the more recent form with a third at Kelso where Special Portrait was six lengths further back and Supreme Plan unseated. Polly Stockton's veteran gets the nod though Palypso De Creek has been in winning form in point-to-points and has the past form to go close. Dammam makes more appeal than My Mate Vic on his belated return to chasing.
Palypso De Creek (FR) 9-4 (11-0) Ap; led 14; clr 2 out; rdly, won at Yorkshire Point-to-Point Club 3m ptp gs in Jan beating Amicelli (11-0) by 12l, 8 ran.
Benefit Night (IRE) 9-1 (11-13) Led, clear from 2nd until after 5th, headed 3 out, no impression next, left 2nd last until flat, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Cottage Oak (11-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan.
Special Portrait (IRE) 7-2 (12-3) Mid-division, not fluent 12th, 4th and outpaced 4 out, no impression, 4th of 11, 13l behind Cottage Oak (11-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan.
On Borrowed Wings (IRE) 6-1 (12-7) Nvr on terms, 7th of 17, 47l behind Herecomesthetruth (12-0) at Cottenham 3m ptp gs in Dec.
Supreme Plan (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place 7th, closed 12th, badly bumped and unseated rider next, in a race won by Cottage Oak (11-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Dammam 9-2 (12-7) Ap; led 11 til hdd by-passing nxt; one pce 15, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Cottage Oak (12-7) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp hvy in Dec.
My Mate Vic (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, steadied to last before 2nd, not fluent 4th, pulled up after 13th, in a race won by Real Milan (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (4) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.