Johnny Ridley Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,418 2nd £1,010 3rd £505 4th £253 5th £126
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 22.60s
- Off time: 15:40:30
|1st||5 Forward Flight||5/4f|
|2nd||2 Safari Journey||15||33/1|
Keeneland (IRE) 644
|7||166 11-12||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||118||11/2|
Safari Journey (USA) 694
|10||163 11-9||Lucinda Egerton||Nathan Moscrop (7)||115||33/1|
Vasco D'ycy (FR) 60
|5||163 11-9||Mrs S J Humphrey||Jack Quinlan (3)||115||3/1|
Forward Flight (IRE) 50
|8||153 10-13||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||105||5/4f|
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 12
|8||148 10-8||Mrs Dianne Sayer||B Hughes||100||12/1|
Fiddleesticks (IRE) 136
|6||147 10-7 t1||W Kinsey||D C Costello||99||6/1|
||9||114 b||B Ellison||Craig Gallagher||110||NR|
Keeneland makes his handicap debut over hurdles on his first start since 2012. He has the ability to figure having won both maiden and novice events. Safari Journey was last seen at the track in the same year. He can race off a 7lb lower mark with the added bonus of a conditional's allowance as he reverts to hurdling. Ben Cee Pee M didn't get a chance to land a hat-trick of course victories when brought down at the first obstacle last time. But his previous wins came on fast ground and FORWARD FLIGHT is just preferred on his recent close-up third at Wetherby where he finished clear of the rest of the field.
Ben Cee Pee M (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Held up in touch when badly hampered and brought down 1st, in a race won by Weybridge Light (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct, 6 ran.
Forward Flight (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged after 4 out, led approaching next where not fluent, headed 2 out, ridden and one pace in 3rd when hung left before last, stayed on flat, held near finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Allied Answer (11-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Safari Journey (USA) 10-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, ridden after 14th, soon lost place, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Sound Accord (10-4) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr '12, 15 ran.
Vasco D'ycy (FR) 4-1 (11-3) Led until 7th, rallying when mistake 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 8, 31l behind Maller Tree (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Fiddleesticks (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden before 4 out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 31l behind Little Pop (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Oct.
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 47l behind Captain Clayton (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Keeneland (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Chased leader, pushed along before 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May '12 beating Makbullet (11-12) by 1/2l, 14 ran.