bet365 Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 5, 11 runners)
- Winner £1,689 2nd £496 3rd £248 4th £124
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 13.50s
- Off time: 13:40:36
|2nd||4 Withy Mills||12||15/2|
|3rd||7 Crazy Bold||3¾||7/1|
Ajman (IRE) 41
|7||166 11-12 t||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||95||4/1f|
Kapdor (FR) 71
|5||164 11-10 b||J L Flint||Mr T J Flint (7)||93||13/2|
Umoristic (FR) 253
|4||164 11-10||R L Brown||Paul John (7)||93||11/1|
Withy Mills 20
|7||162 11-8||K Bishop||James Best (5)||91||15/2|
Flame Of Dixie (IRE) 21
|6||161 11-7||Jennie Candlish||A O'keeffe||90||17/2|
|8||159 11-5 p||H Morrison||A P McCoy||88||5/1|
Crazy Bold (GER) 28
|9||153 10-13||A W Carroll||Wayne Hutchinson||82||7/1|
|12||149 10-9||D Steele||James Cowley (7)||78||40/1|
|8||145 10-5||B Forsey||W P Kavanagh (3)||74||11/2|
Lulu's Gift (IRE) 18
|6||144 10-4||M Mullineaux||James Banks (7)||73||20/1|
Oscar Rainbow 55
|6||140 10-0||David Lewis||R T Dunne (3)||69||50/1|
||6||11-8||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne||14/1|
Most of these struggle to get their head in front, though Kapdor did win a Worcester seller in August and was third at Newton Abbot subsequently. FLAME OF DIXIE remains a maiden and was well beaten on her return at Bangor but she has hinted at ability and, lightly-raced, wouldn't need to find much to land what looks a very modest heat. The returning Umoristic must have some sort of chance while Ajman did win here as a three-year-old and McCoy's presence in the saddle suggests Hughie Morrison's mare Stravita is fit enough to try and score for the first time outside selling company. Aureate may be best of the rest but often flatters to deceive.
Stravita 10-1 (11-5) With leaders, pushed along before 5th, ridden after 3 out, in 3rd and held when mistake last, lost 3rd place near finish, 4th of 9, 7l behind Pindar (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Withy Mills 20-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, hampered after 5th on bend, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 37l behind Queens Grove (10-4) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Crazy Bold (GER) 16-1 (10-3) Towards rear, effort before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 13l behind Dormouse (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Oscar Rainbow 200-1 (10-9) Led until 4th, weakened after next, 12th of 13, 39l behind Thomas Crapper (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Aureate 50-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, dropped in rear by 3rd, weakened before 9th, 9th of 16, 39l behind Typhon De Guye (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Umoristic (FR) 28-1 (10-0) Led, clear 4th, mistake next, not fluent 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon well beaten, mistake last, 5th of 7, 39l behind Constant Contact (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Lulu's Gift (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Led, pressed 3 out, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 20l behind Lean Burn (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Flame Of Dixie (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, mistake 2nd, hit 4th, soon pushed along, not fluent next, weakened 4 out, tailed off 2 out, 8th of 10, well behind Lean Burn (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Dolzago 100-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, weakened and pulled up after 7th, in a race won by Typhon De Guye (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 16 ran.
Ajman (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, stayed on flat, 5th of 13, 17l behind Sporting Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Kapdor (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led after 5th, headed after 3 out, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Going Nowhere Fast (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Sep.