Bathwick Tyres Bridgwater Handicap Chase 3m 1f 110y
- (5yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 3, 3 runners)
- Winner £6,330 2nd £1,870 3rd £935 4th £468 5th £234
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 55.30s
- Off time: 16:05:09
Benbens (IRE) (ex7) 7
|9||172 12-4||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||120||8/11f|
Yellow Ball (FR) 26
|6||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||121||5/2|
Thomas Wild 13
|9||159 11-5||P J Hobbs||M G Nolan (3)||114||4/1|
BENBENS has been quick to make up for lost time over fences and easily reversed debut running with multiple winner Cloudy Joker at Ludlow on his second start after a lay-off. He has a penalty to overcome here but can still get the better of Exeter scorer Thomas Wild, though the latter should strip fitter for that run. Yellow Ball is only a six-year-old and wasn't beaten far over a longer trip here in January off today's mark. She won't go down without a fight but could get caught out if this turns into a tactical battle.
Benbens (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Made all, driven clear approaching 4 out, stayed on well from next, eased towards finish, comfortably, won at Ludlow 2m 4f (3) sft in Feb beating Cloudy Joker (11-6) by 9l, 5 ran.
Thomas Wild 13-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, steady headway 9th, went 3rd before 4 out, chased clear leader between last 2, 10 lengths down and no chance last, left in lead final 100 yards, driven out, won at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb beating Nodebateaboutit (10-11) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Yellow Ball (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led before 2nd, clear before 4 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 12, 23l behind Tullyesker Hill (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.