Black Country's Only Racecourse Handicap 1m 141y
- (4yo+, 1m 141y, Class 5, 9 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 48.09s
- Off time: 12:00:12
|1st||1 Beautiful Day||8/1|
|2nd||3 California English||1¼||16/1|
|3rd||6 Caledonia Prince||1½||4/1|
Beautiful Day 4
|5||132 9-6||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||74||8/1|
On The Hoof 18
|4||132 9-6||M W Easterby||Graham Gibbons||75||Evsf|
California English (IRE) 25
|4||131 9-5 p1||M Botti||J Quinn||74||16/1|
Final Drive (IRE) 18
|7||130 9-4 pt||J Butler||S Donohoe||72||9/1|
Wicked Spirit (IRE) 234
|5||126 9-0||K Dalgleish||R Winston||68||40/1|
Caledonia Prince 20
|5||125 8-13 v1||J Hughes||J Fanning||67||4/1|
McConnell (USA) 226
|8||123 8-11 b||Violet Jordan||William Carson||65||40/1|
|4||123 8-11||R A Fahey||Barry McHugh||66||16/1|
Dream Win 21
|7||121 8-9 t||B Ellison||Paul Booth (7)||63||11/1|
On The Hoof has completed a hat-trick of course victories but scrambled home last time and is now on his highest ever mark. He'll do well to win again while Beautiful Day has only ever won on Fibresand and his only effort over this C and D resulted in being beaten a long way. Caledonia Prince is another Southwell specialist though he ran well over this C and D last time but in a lesser grade. California English has always competed at a higher level and shouldn't be dismissed while Yeomanoftheguard reappeared after a year's absence to score over 7f here in October before running poorly over the C and D. FINAL DRIVE was heavily supported in the last race On The Hoof won but got loose before the start and should probably have been withdrawn. He's won eight times on Polytrack and looks to have dropped to a winnable mark so gets the vote.
Beautiful Day 25-1 (8-10) Led until over 1f out, soon rallied, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Cut Across (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
California English (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, driven forward on outside over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 16l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Caledonia Prince 7-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, hd behind Idol Deputy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
On The Hoof 6-5fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Silverware (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Yeomanoftheguard 9-4fav (8-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 27l behind Trois Vallees (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Dream Win 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, not clear run and lost place over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 7th of 12, 3l behind Reasons Unknown (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Final Drive (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Ran loose before start, slowly into stride, raced in last pair, driven 2f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 9, 7l behind On The Hoof (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
McConnell (USA) 10-1 (8-4) Behind, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 14l behind The Lock Master (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in May.
Wicked Spirit (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Chased leader, ridden to challenge 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 17l behind Isdaal (8-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in May.