Astute Wealth Planning Ltd Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase 3m 2f 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 2f 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,054 2nd £897 3rd £448 4th £224
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 1.80s
- Off time: 17:00:45
|1st||1 Double Chocolate||7/5f|
|2nd||5 Princely Hero||nk||7/1|
Double Chocolate 36
|9||166 11-12 p||D G Bridgwater||Brendan Powell||113||7/5f|
Nudge And Nurdle (IRE) 26
|11||162 11-8||N A Twiston-Davies||Adam Wedge||109||3/1|
Cullahill (IRE) 73
|10||155 11-1 t||R H Buckler||Giles Hawkins (3)||102||9/2|
Princely Hero (IRE) 26
|8||153 10-13 b||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||100||7/1|
Terra Bleu (IRE) 26
|5||140 10-0 pt||B G Powell||Peter Carberry||79||11/2|
||7||1111||Mrs S J Humphrey||Mark Marris||112||NR|
Definite Dawn (IRE)
||7||11-12||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne||15/2|
Nearly all of these have a bit to prove on the prevailing ground but DOUBLE CHOCOLATE was second on good to soft at Stratford last time and this longer distance is in his favour. He gets a tentative vote though Nudge And Nurdle is respected after finally taking advantage of a tumbling mark over C&D last month, though he's gone up 7lb since. Cullahill is a proven stayer but would prefer a faster surface while Princely Hero's only recent win came in a selling hurdle. Call At Midnight should have benefited from his comeback run, however, and looks a better bet than Terra Bleu who is 8lb out of the handicap.
Call At Midnight 16-1 (10-13) Keen tracked leader until 8th, close up, weakened 11th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Baily Storm (10-8) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Double Chocolate 2-1fav (11-10) Led, jumped right and bumped 1st, ridden and headed approaching last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind I'm The Decider (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Aug.
Princely Hero (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Prominent, led 7th, ridden and headed before next, not fluent 2 out, lost 2nd flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Akbabend (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Nudge And Nurdle (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, led last, hard driven flat, just prevailed, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep beating Persian Run (11-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Terra Bleu (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd 4 out until not fluent next, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Zepnove (9-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Cullahill (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Tracked leading pair, under pressure when slightly hampered 15th, 4th and outpaced after 4 out, no impression when left 3rd and hampered 2 out, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Sun Tzu (11-12) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.