Close Brothers Business Finance Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft-Good to Soft in places home straight.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 13.00s
- Off time: 15:50:39
|1st||3 Rhymers Stone||15/8f|
Light The City (IRE) 18
|7||166 11-12||Mrs R Carr||Jake Greenall (3)||110||11/4|
Persian Herald 12
|6||164 11-10||Mrs S J Smith||Daragh Bourke (7)||108||4/1|
Rhymers Stone 36
|6||161 11-7 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Craig Nichol (5)||105||15/8f|
Broctune Papa Gio 112
|7||159 11-5||K G Reveley||J Reveley||103||11/4|
Party Rock (IRE)
||6||11-6||Jennie Candlish||Sean Quinlan||11/10|
Light The City ran three times on the all-weather last month, scoring at Southwell in the first of them. He was in cracking form when last seen over timber in December and will make a bold bid to concede the weight. Persian Herald scored at Southwell in January but has disappointed subsequently, especially at Sedgefield last time where he started favourite but was well beaten. Broctune Papa Gio landed a novices' handicap at Doncaster a year ago but is now 17lb higher despite not winning subsequently so this can go to RHYMERS STONE. Lucinda Russell's charge looks a progressive type as he followed his victory at Newcastle with a very good effort at Ayr where he was attempting to defy an 8lb rise. He's on the same mark here and Craig Nicol's claim is a major plus.
Rhymers Stone 3-1 (10-7) Led, headed before 2 out, kept on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Plus Jamais (10-8) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Persian Herald 15-8fav (11-9) Tracked leaders and in rear, reminders before 3 out, soon weakened, went poor 3rd from 2 out, never dangerous, 3rd of 4, 28l behind Short Takes (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Light The City (IRE) 5-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, led narrowly after 3 out, went left next, hung left between last 2, ridden and kept on flat, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Sam Lord (11-6) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Broctune Papa Gio 3-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along approaching 2 out, every chance when mistake last, no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Amir Pasha (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.