Weatherbys Bank Handicap 7f 30y
- (4yo+, 7f 30y, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £7,763 2nd £2,310 3rd £1,154 4th £577
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 30.53s
- Off time: 16:08:50
|1st||6 Just Paul||5/2f|
|2nd||1 Majestic Moon||1¾||4/1|
Majestic Moon (IRE) 14
|4||133 9-7 b||R A Fahey||D Nolan||89||4/1|
Silver Rime (FR) 14
|9||131 9-5||Miss L A Perratt||P Makin||87||25/1|
Stonefield Flyer 14
|5||131 9-5||K Dalgleish||T Eaves||87||10/1|
Grissom (IRE) 20
|8||129 9-3||T D Easterby||D Fentiman||85||7/1|
Powerful Presence (IRE) 15
|8||126 9-0||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||82||9/2|
Just Paul (IRE) 11
|4||120 8-8||P A Kirby||P McDonald||76||5/2f|
||5||87 t||M Walford||Jason Hart||75||WD|
||4||9-6||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||11/8|
David O'Meara has won the last two renewals, including the 2012 running with today's representative Powerful Presence. The latter is not easily overlooked but Flexible Flyer is facing a tougher task having only picked up a Class 5 contest at Thirsk last time. Just Paul and Stonefield Flyer are others upped in class, but Majestic Moon and Silver Rime are at home in this company and both should have come on for recent outings. However, the handicapper has finally relented with GRISSOM, who missed most of last season, and Tim Easterby's charge looks up to scoring off his current mark on the back of a good effort at Thirsk.
Flexible Flyer 6-1fav (9-4) Steadied start, pulled hard towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, stayed on well under pressure, won at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr beating Icy Blue (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Just Paul (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd and held towards finish, 3rd of 18, 1/2l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Majestic Moon (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Pressed leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 10l behind That's Plenty (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Stonefield Flyer 12-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind That's Plenty (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Grissom (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Led, hard ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Farlow (8-12) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Powerful Presence (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on rails, pushed along over 2f out, 3rd one pace and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Barkston Ash (9-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Silver Rime (FR) 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 8l behind That's Plenty (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.