Ladbrokes Handicap 7f 32y
- (4yo+, 7f 32y, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £7,246 2nd £2,169 3rd £1,084 4th £543 5th £270
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 28.92s
- Off time: 17:31:31
|2nd||2 Georgian Bay||nse||4/1|
Clockmaker (IRE) 6
|8||133 9-7||C R Dore||G Baker||94||9/2|
Georgian Bay (IRE) 175
|4||129 9-3||K R Burke||Joey Haynes (5)||90||4/1|
Sir Reginald 43
|6||129 9-3||R A Fahey||George Chaloner (5)||90||4/1|
Apostle (IRE) 25
|5||124 8-12||D M Simcock||J P Spencer||85||11/4f|
Al's Memory (IRE) 14
|5||120 8-8||P D Evans||Martin Lane||81||8/1|
Fantasy Gladiator 38
|8||119 8-7||J J Quinn||J Quinn||79||8/1|
Jay Bee Blue 20
|5||119 8-7 bt||S Curran||C Catlin||79||12/1|
||8||811 b||S Donohoe||William Carson||84||WD|
Verse Of Love
||4||9-0||P D Evans||Graham Gibbons||16/1|
This looks pretty tight but top weight CLOCKMAKER should be in the mix. Not beaten far behind Verse Of Love despite managing only seventh at Kempton last month, a line through the latter gives Conor Dore's charge every chance of beating Star Links, who won over a longer trip here in November. Sir Reginald can be given a shout off his current mark and Al's Memory is only 1lb higher than when scoring over track and trip at the end of last year. Kempton winner Apostle is preferred to both Fantasy Gladiator and Jay Bee Blue as the latter pair are upped in class, while Georgian Bay is good enough to figure if fully tuned-up for his comeback.
Star Links (USA) 14-1 (8-3) Mid-division, driven and effort when not much room and hampered inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 12, 5l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Apostle (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Set steady pace, quickened over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 5, ns behind Naabegha (9-5) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up, headway over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 12l behind Majestic Moon (9-0) at York 7f (3) gf in Jul.
Sir Reginald 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, pushed along over 2f out, some late headway, never on terms, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Loyalty (8-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Fantasy Gladiator 9-2 (9-2) Behind, driven 3f out, headway over 2f out, switched inside and effort to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on same pace, held inside final furlolng, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Capo Rosso (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Clockmaker (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Led after 2f, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Galician (9-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Jay Bee Blue 17-2 (9-0) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Rivellino (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Dec.
Al's Memory (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders on outside, driven over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 8, 6l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Dec.