Vera Davies Hunters' Chase 3m
- (6yo+, 3m, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,184 2nd £677 3rd £338 4th £169
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 58.00s
- Off time: 16:25:13
|1st||5 Bob 'n' You||9/4f|
|2nd||4 Bermuda Boy||½||3/1|
Shootin The Breeze (IRE) 21
|8||172 12-4||Miss J Western||Mikey Ennis (5)||125||9/2|
Surenaga (IRE) 38
|11||172 12-4 b||Philip Rowley||Miss J C Williams (5)||115||5/2|
Prince Massini (IRE) 270
|12||168 12-0||Ian Prichard||Miss C Prichard (7)||103||16/1|
Bermuda Boy (FR) 278
|8||164 11-10||S Flook||Mr R Jarrett (3)||119||3/1|
Bob 'n' You (IRE) 294
|10||164 11-10||Mrs H Parrott||Mr S Drinkwater (3)||112||9/4f|
The Rubber Man (IRE) 247
|9||164 11-10||Patrick Hanly||Paul John (7)||66/1|
Prince Massini, who won six times under Rules at a minor level, arrives in good shape having won his last two between the flags. Shootin The Breeze is the highest rated of these having won at Thurles a year ago but pulled up on his return to action at Newbury last month. Surenaga is a decent performer at this level and between the flags where he's won six times but Bermuda Bob, though very consistent, has been beaten at short prices on his last nine starts and is hardly one to risk the mortgage on. The Rubber Man looks outclassed so this can go to BOB 'N' YOU. Hilary Parrott's charge has never recovered his very smart novice form over both hurdles and fences but still retains enough ability to take this before heading for Cheltenham's National Hunt Chase.
Bob 'n' You (IRE) 13-2fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, some headway after 12th, mistake next, not fluent 16th, well beaten 4 out, tailed off next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ballyfoy (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 14 ran.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 5-2 (11-11) Prominent, ridden and every chance 3 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 13l behind What A Laugh (11-11) at Bangor 3m nov hts chs (6) gs in May.
Surenaga (IRE) 6-4 (11-0) (bl) ur 4, in a race won by Rear Gunner (11-0) at Cottenham 3m ptp gs in Dec, 13 ran.
Prince Massini (IRE) 1-7 (12-0) Made all; drew clr 15; easy, won at Holnicote 3m ptp gs in May, 2 ran.
Shootin The Breeze (IRE) 33-1 (12-1) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, not fluent 10th, struggling next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Chapoturgeon (11-9) at Newbury 2m 6f hts chs (6) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
The Rubber Man (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Alw in rr, ko bhnd, 7th of 9, well behind River Call (11-4) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun.