Palace Gate Cup Novices' Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y
- (3yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 5.80s
- Off time: 15:44:56
|1st||4 Thanks For Coming||11/4j|
|2nd||2 Kings Lodge||s.h||11/4j|
|3rd||9 Barak O'barma||15||40/1|
Iron Condor 32
|4||166 11-12||J M P Eustace||M Bradburne||120||25/1|
Kings Lodge 15
|5||163 11-9||N J Henderson||D Bass (3)||117||11/4j|
Five Rivers (IRE) 18
|5||161 11-7||W Greatrex||W Hutchinson||115||15/2|
Thanks For Coming 223
|5||161 11-7||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||115||11/4j|
Serein (IRE) 20
|5||161 11-7||Mrs J Harrington||R M Power||115||6/1|
New Code 46
|4||159 11-5||G L Moore||Joshua Moore (5)||113||12/1|
Washington Road (IRE) 20
|4||158 11-4||Jonjo O'Neill||Mr A J Berry (3)||112||20/1|
Roll The Dice (IRE) 16
|5||154 11-0 p1||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||108||6/1|
Barak O'barma 18
|7||151 10-11||P Phelan||C Bolger||105||40/1|
Iron Condor has plenty of weight for what he's achieved and Kings Lodge may not have beaten much at Market Rasen last month. Significantly, Barry Geraghty prefers THANKS FOR COMING to the latter even though he's still a maiden over timber and having his first start since pulling up at Haydock in April. The five-year-old did take on better opposition in his first season, however, and still has plenty of potential. He gets the vote ahead of the unexposed and improving Washington Road and Plumpton runner-up Five Rivers. New Code won at Plumpton in October but Warwick second Roll The Dice may be the pick of the remainder at the weights.
Thanks For Coming 11-2 (11-11) Tracked leader, led 5th, headed before 6th, ridden and weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Agglestone Rock (10-10) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Apr, 9 ran.
Kings Lodge Evensfav (10-12) Made all, hit 5th and 3 out, clear when hit last, unchallenged, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Jackson Cage (10-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Barak O'barma 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 22l behind Gleann Eagas (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Washington Road (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Close up, led 4th, blundered 3 out, headd before 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Aegean Destiny (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Five Rivers (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway 7th, chased winner 3 out, no impression from 2 out, not fluent last, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Flemi Two Toes (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Roll The Dice (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led narrowly 3 out, hit 2 out, driven and stayed on flat, caught last strides, 2nd of 15, hd behind Sole Survivor (10-12) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Serein (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, 3rd entering straight, no impression in 4th before last, no extra, 6th of 25, 18l behind Reizovic (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Iron Condor 4-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, mistake and slightly hampered 2nd, slow 4th, headway approaching 4 out, pushed along to chase leader approaching last (normal 2 out), weakened to 3rd driven and outpaced approaching final furlong, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Plenty Pocket (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
New Code 2-5fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, hit last, ran on, comfortable, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Oct beating Flemensgael (11-0) by 6l, 6 ran.