Tiger McElrath Novices' Limited Handicap Chase 2m 7f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 7f 110y, Class 3, 3 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 51.80s
- Off time: 15:05:31
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 65
|8||159 11-5 t||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||123||9/4|
Kris Cross (IRE) 124
|6||156 11-2||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||120||Evsf|
Carrigdhoun (IRE) 2
|8||153 10-13 pt||M A Barnes||S Mulqueen (7)||117||3/1|
||6||114||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||122||NR|
This looks very tight with Donald McCain confusing the issue by saddling two of the four runners. Billfromthebar is set to make his chasing debut but could prove useful in this sphere. However, he scrambled home over hurdles at Hexham on Friday and Jason Maguire has deserted him for ATLANTA FALCON, who has to be forgiven a poor run at Bangor after an excellent summer that saw him score at Uttoxeter and Worcester. Kris Cross was narrowly beaten by Bobble Hat Bob at Hexham when receiving 7lb and collateral form suggests he'll have a problem conceding weight to Carrigdhoun, who was giving that winner 9lb when four lengths behind him here in May but latter weakened quickly on his reappearance at Hexham yesterday.
Billfromthebar (IRE) 15-8 (11-5) Led, pushed along and headed 3 out, looked well held in 2nd before last, soon ridden and rallied to regain lead close home, won at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul beating Otto The Great (11-0) by 1l, 3 ran.
Carrigdhoun (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led headed before 4 out, reagained lead 4 out, headed 3 out, kept on same pace no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Royale Knight (10-0) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in May.
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Prominent, lost place when jumped slowly and given reminder 3rd, not fluent afer, behind 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by One Term (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Aug, 6 ran.
Kris Cross (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 9th, ridden before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Bobble Hat Bob (11-5) at Hexham 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.