ApolloBet Free 50 Bets 'Hands And Heels' Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 16.30s
- Off time: 14:11:59
Hunters Belt (IRE) 34
|10||166 11-12 vt||F P Murtagh||Diarmuid O'Regan||116||4/1|
Gulf Punch 14
|7||166 11-12 p||D McCain Jnr||Mr H Stock (5)||116||5/1|
Granaruid (IRE) 67
|11||162 11-8 p||Mrs A C Hamilton||Mr T Hamilton (3)||112||11/4|
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 14
|6||155 11-1 p1||S R B Crawford||Mr A J Fox (5)||105||11/8f|
||6||11-8||G A Swinbank||T Garner||6/1|
Hunters Belt was beaten in a seller at Catterick last time, which doesn't bode well for his chances in this better race. Gulf Punch is 14lb higher than when scoring over a longer trip here earlier in the season but Little Boy Boru has every chance on an improved third at Ayr. GRANARUID won under today's pilot over track and trip in December before finding the company too hot at Kelso - Alison Hamilton's charge can bounce back today.
Granaruid (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders on outside, ridden 4th, lost place last (normal 3 out), soon behind, 10th of 11, 35l behind Ubaltique (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Gulf Punch 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, in rear from 4th, outpaced from 6th, kept on from 2 out, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 28l behind Lua De Itapoan (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up behind in touch, tracked leaders 4 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, just held on for 3rd near finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Too Cool To Fool (10-4) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged before 2 out, soon led, ridden and headed before last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 3, 2 3/4l behind Makhzoon (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f sell (5) sft in Jan.