John Hardy 70th Birthday Handicap Chase 3m 1f
- (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,011 2nd £1,765 3rd £882 4th £441
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 44.46s
- Off time: 19:30:23
|1st||5 Ultra Du Chatelet||9/2|
|2nd||4 Mister Philson||2||6/1|
Chavoy (FR) 26
|9||166 11-12 pt||Rebecca Menzies||Tony Kelly (3)||118||7/1|
You Know Yourself (IRE) 20
|11||164 11-10||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||116||10/1|
Danners (IRE) 39
|8||161 11-7 b1||G R I Smyly||Mr M Wall (5)||113||11/4f|
Mister Philson (IRE) 8
|9||157 11-3 v||S R B Crawford||Anthony Fox (7)||109||6/1|
Ultra Du Chatelet (FR) 25
|6||156 11-2 t||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||108||9/2|
Golden View (IRE) 287
|9||151 10-11||F P Murtagh||Henry Brooke||103||18/1|
Arc Warrior (FR) 72
|10||145 10-5 t||W Amos||B Harding||97||12/1|
Dingo Bay 33
|8||144 10-4||J Wade||B Hughes||96||10/1|
Boris The Blade 17
|12||142 10-2 b||Miss T Jackson||Samantha Drake (5)||94||9/1|
MISTER PHILSON boasts strong claims for a yard that excels with its raiders to the UK with the proviso that he's over what looked a hard race just eight days ago when fourth in a gruelling 3m7f Perth chase behind Bertie Milan. Connections are presumably happy with him and his ability to stay the trip on this ground is a big plus. A course and distance winner too, he's been kindly dropped 3lb by the assessor and must go close. Dingo Bay is appealingly weighted but all three career success have come at Newcastle, whilst Arc Warrior will enjoy conditions and is a player if putting a February disappointment behind him. Danners was only inched out at Fontwell latest and has place claims but Ultra Du Chatelet could prove the main opposition if getting the trip over which he's unproven. His latest effort when hunting up Indian Voyage at Wetherby was a good effort, suggesting he's very much knocking on the door.
Ultra Du Chatelet (FR) 11-4 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Indian Voyage (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Apr.
Mister Philson (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) In touch, driven 4 out, soon outpaced, stayed on to take moderate 4th approaching last, no chance with leaders, 4th of 12, 23l behind Bertie Milan (10-0) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr.
Chavoy (FR) 15-2 (11-7) In rear, headway before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, went remote 2nd from last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 18l behind Fentara (11-8) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened before 10th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Everaard (10-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Dingo Bay 4-1 (11-9) Soon tracking leaders, outpaced 4 out, 6th when fell next, in a race won by Gibbstown (11-1) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Golden View (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, reminder after 8th, headway before next, mistake and hampered 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cruchain (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul, 11 ran.
Arc Warrior (FR) 10-3fav (10-3) Held up in rear, went poor 4th from 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Bennys Well (9-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Boris The Blade 8-1 (11-1) In touch, closed from 4th, challenged 8th until hit 11th, lost place from 12th, behind 14th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Debt To Society (10-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 10 ran.
Danners (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In rear, headway 8th, went 2nd 5 out, every chance 2 out, not fluent last, switched right run-in, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 5, shd behind Tarraco (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.