Ted Long Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Div 1) 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 29.40s
- Off time: 13:50:25
|2nd||4 Good Order||11||10/1|
Valley View (IRE) 21
|7||166 11-12||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||120||2/1f|
Ray Diamond 38
|8||163 11-9||M Madgwick||M Goldstein||117||33/1|
Good Order 289
|8||157 11-3 t||T R George||L Heard||111||10/1|
Ballygarvey (FR) 66
|7||156 11-2||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||110||9/4|
Sandynow (IRE) 26
|8||151 10-11 p||H D Daly||Jake Greenall (3)||105||9/2|
Wild Ground (IRE) (ex7) 9
|12||144 10-4 p||K Bishop||James Best (3)||91||9/2|
||9||1112||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||120||NR|
The hat-trick-seeking Wild Ground has only ever won at Fontwell and Folkestone and, carrying a penalty in this better race, is worth taking on today. Valley View's jumping let him down at Cheltenham but McCoy is back in the saddle here while My Boy Paddy is only a pound higher than when second at Chepstow last time, though was behind Valley View at Carlisle earlier. BALLYGARVEY won over hurdles at this track a year ago and is potentially well treated over fences. He'll have learned plenty from his run behind Molotof at Taunton and could represent some value in this. The returning Good Order is also worth a second look.
My Boy Paddy (IRE) 7-2 (9-11) Tracked leader, led briefly after 5 out, ridden 3 out, kept on and every chance between last 2, held flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Sona Sasta (9-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Ballygarvey (FR) 9-1 (11-2) Chased leading trio, hampered 1st, mistake 4th, mistake and hampered 6th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Molotof (11-2) at Taunton 2m nov chs (4) gd in Oct.
Good Order 2-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, pushed before and mistake 5 out, soon lost place, blundered badly when held 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Emperor Concerto (11-8) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 7 ran.
Sandynow (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, hampered 2nd, struggling from 6th, 7th of 13, 24l behind Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Wild Ground (IRE) 6-4fav (11-3) Jumped well, made all, came clear before 3 out, pecked 3 out, stayed on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec beating Miss Fleur (11-5) by 21l, 5 ran.
Valley View (IRE) 9-2fav (11-2) Mistake 2nd, held up towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Plein Pouvoir (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Ray Diamond 25-1 (11-5) In touch on outside, led before 3 out, mistake and headed next, soon ridden and one pace, no extra in 4th before last, 4th of 10, 12l behind Seedsman (11-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.