catterickbridge.co.uk Novices' Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 8.60s
- Off time: 16:15:21
|1st||1 Dark And Dangerous||9/4j|
|2nd||5 Force Of Habit||1¼||14/1|
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 26
|6||166 11-12 v||B G Powell||Brendan Powell||105||9/4j|
|9||165 11-11||Mrs Dianne Sayer||Ryan Mania||104||9/4j|
Shine A Diamond (IRE) 40
|6||156 11-2||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||95||7/2|
Indigo Island (IRE) 8
|5||152 10-12||J Bewley||Henry Brooke||91||5/1|
Force Of Habit 27
|8||146 10-6 p||Miss J E Foster||John Dawson (5)||85||14/1|
The market may be the best guide for this as none of the quintet arrive in great form. Endeavor won here over hurdles in 2012 but is still 4lb higher than for his only victory over the larger obstacles on fast ground. Winning pointer Shine A Diamond has got nowhere near under Rules so far but Indigo Island could be interesting on his fencing bow as he's been placed between the flags and was runner-up over hurdles at Sedgefield in January. DARK AND DANGEROUS has travelled up from Lambourn and, with Brendan Powell's string showing signs of emerging from the doldrums, is taken to fulfill earlier promise back over the larger obstacles.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Led, ridden and headed on long run to 2 out, weakened rapidly, 7th of 8, 33l behind Loyaute (11-10) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Force Of Habit 50-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, weakened 3 out, soon tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Lean Burn (10-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Indigo Island (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) In touch, under pressure 4 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 18l behind Summerlea (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Endeavor 18-1 (11-9) Mid-division in 5th, mistake 8th, went 2nd before 4 out until 3 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 9l behind Alpha One (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Shine A Diamond (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, some headway before 5 out, weakened 4 out, 7th of 12, well behind Oh Right (9-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.