Jill's Big Birthday Beginners' Chase 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 6 runners)
  • Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 18.20s
  • Off time: 13:10:16
Full result
Result 13:10 Plumpton
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Opening Batsman 20/1
2nd 3 Hawkes Point ¾ 11/8f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 2223-22
Purple, White hollow box and star on cap Ballylifen (IRE) 14
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 2223-22
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 M R Channon C O'Farrell 14/1
3 135/125-
RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hawkes Point 234
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 135/125-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 11/8f
4 62022-1
DARK BLUE, PINK sash, PINK sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap, PINK spots Kuilsriver (IRE) 204
  • T:N J Gifford
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 62022-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 t N J Gifford D F O'Regan 9/1
5 444210-
Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, White cap, Dark Blue diamonds Off The Ground (IRE) 268
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 444210-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 13/2
6 3511-60
Purple, white chevron, emerald green sleeves, white cap, purple star Opening Batsman (IRE) 44
  • T:H Fry
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 3511-60
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 H Fry N Fehily 20/1
7 86071-3
PINK and YELLOW diamonds, YELLOW sleeves and cap Pateese (FR) 205
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 86071-3
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 P J Hobbs R Johnson 2/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
2 6/2U5-F6
Escort'men (FR) 23
  • Nag Me
  • T:A Middleton
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 6/2U5-F6
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0h
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
6 h A Middleton Nick Scholfield 140 NR

In depth

Verdict

Escort'men and Opening Batsman have left Paul Nicholls to join Anthony Middleton and Harry Fry respectively but the Ditcheat maestro still has HAWKES POINT, who may well prove the one to beat. He won on his reappearance last season and though only fifth in a Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree in April, was always going to make a better chaser than hurdler. Off The Ground and Pateese could be decent prospects over fences this season but also have an absence to overcome as does Kuilsriver, who won a handicap hurdle here in May on soft ground. Ballylifen has been placed in all eight starts under Rules and has had a couple of runs between the flags but will find easier opportunities than this.

Formwatch

Escort'men (FR) 33-1 (10-4) Held up in touch in rear, took keen hold, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 7, 27l behind Zarkandar (11-10) at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.

Opening Batsman (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside 5th, hit 7th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 12th of 23, 49l behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.

Hawkes Point 28-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed briefly after 5th, passed beaten horses latter stages, never in contention, 5th of 19, 29l behind Lovcen (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.

Off The Ground (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 15th of 18, well behind Ambion Wood (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) gs in Mar.

Pateese (FR) 14-1 (11-1) Towards rear, headway on inner before 3 out, challenged before 2 out, every chance before last, no extra last 75 yards, 3rd of 18, 2l behind American Spin (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in May.

Ballylifen (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, outpaced 3 out, kept on from 2 out, chased winner after last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Billy Merriott (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.

Kuilsriver (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Keen tracked leaders, joined leader 3 out, led before next, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Plumpton 2m 5f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May beating El Dancer (11-1) by 1l, 7 ran.