Betfair Sponsors The Stable Staff Canteen Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,422 2nd £998 3rd £499
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 41.10s
- Off time: 17:56:06
|1st||2 Swiss Art||11/8f|
|2nd||1 Whisky Galore||20||13/8|
Whisky Galore 21
|6||166 11-12 t||M M McNiff||D R Fox (7)||105||13/8|
Swiss Art (IRE) 29
|6||158 11-4||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (7)||97||11/8f|
Emirate Isle 227
|8||155 11-1 p||C Grant||A L Voy (3)||94||8/1|
Front Rank (IRE) 34
|12||146 10-6 p||Mrs Dianne Sayer||Jonathon Bewley (7)||85||6/1|
|15||140 10-0 p||S G West||Mr Ryan Clark (10) (ex3)||70||33/1|
This won't take much winning but veterans Front Rank and Amjad are probably worth opposing again while Whisky Galore keeps finding one too good yet continues to climb the weights. SWISS ART has won on soft ground so should handle conditions here and he was obviously in need of the run at Sedgefield last month. Sue Smith's six-year-old looks the one to beat, though Emirate Isle would probably go close if reproducing his best form following a lay-off.
Swiss Art (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, soon lost place when outpaced, some headway from 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 20l behind Snooker (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Sep.
Whisky Galore 3-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway into 2nd 2 out, ridden and no impression winner before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Mia's Vic (10-11) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl hvy in Aug.
Front Rank (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) In touch, weakened 5th, tailed off from 3 out, 7th of 10, 30l behind Claude Carter (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Amjad 50-1 (9-7) In touch, tracked leader after 3rd, lost place 3 out, behind after next, plugged on from last, 4th of 9, 20l behind Luccombe Chine (11-3) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Aug.
Emirate Isle 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Stanley Bridge (10-13) at Wetherby 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.