Youngs Chartered Surveyors Handicap Chase 3m 1f
- (4yo+, 3m 1f, Class 5, 5 runners)
- Winner £1,916 2nd £559 3rd £279
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 7.20s
- Off time: 17:25:38
Cilliseal (IRE) 103
|7||166 11-12 t||N C Kelly||D R Fox (7)||93||11/8f|
Stormion (IRE) 111
|7||158 11-4 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||85||5/2|
Moon Melody (GER) 29
|9||156 11-2 pt||M E Sowersby||Samantha Drake (7)||83||10/1|
Sycho Fred (IRE) 48
|11||150 10-10 t||M E Sowersby||G Sheehan (7)||77||12/1|
Billsgrey (IRE) 211
|10||150 10-10||W Amos||Brian Harding||77||7/2|
||8||109||Micky Hammond||B Hughes||76||NR|
||6||11-9||M Todhunter||J Reveley||8/1|
Stormion won over hurdles at Ayr in the spring but didn't impress in a couple of tries over fences here at this time last year so we'll give another chance to Irish raider CILLASEAL. The former pointer gets on well with claimer Derek Fox and, though well beaten over track and trip on his latest start, was second over C&D previously and is only 4lb higher now. Moon Melody beat Archies Wish by almost four lengths at Sedgefield last month but the runner-up is 7lb better off now and fancied to turn the tables. He's preferred to Sycho Fred and the disappointing Billsgrey.
Archie's Wish 7-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, in rear from 13th, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Moon Melody (9-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Sep.
Cilliseal (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) In rear, headway before 17th, ridden after 2 out, soon went remote 3rd, weakened, 5th of 11, well behind Lutin Du Moulin (10-9) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Billsgrey (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) In touch, went 3rd from 13th, no impression, 3rd of 8, 33l behind Mr Woods (10-2) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar.
Stormion (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Prominent, led 2nd, headed next, stayed prominent, pushed along 7th, outpaced 9th, well beaten after 3 out, went remote 3rd flat, tailed off, 3rd of 8, 47l behind Bollin Fiona (11-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Sycho Fred (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Always behind, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Ballybough Gorta (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Moon Melody (GER) 25-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led 12th, clear from 3 out, ran on strongly, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Sep beating Archie's Wish (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.