Brewin Dolphin Trophy Handicap Chase 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155 5th £578 6th £290
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 43.90s
- Off time: 15:15:27
|1st||2 Bally Legend||2/1f|
Domtaline (FR) 27
|6||166 11-12||P F Nicholls||Harry Derham (5)||137||3/1|
Bally Legend 11
|8||163 11-9||Mrs Caroline Keevil||Ian Popham||134||2/1f|
Jump City (FR) 11
|7||161 11-7 b||P F Nicholls||Nick Scholfield||132||11/2|
Cornas (NZ) 41
|11||161 11-7||Nick Williams||L Aspell||132||14/1|
Falcon Island 41
|8||159 11-5||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||130||25/1|
Tara Rose 27
|8||155 11-1||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||126||5/1|
Bertie Boru (IRE) 22
|6||150 10-10||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||121||8/1|
This looks wide-open, though it's difficult to be too enthusiastic over Falcon Island's recent form. Bally Legend had Jump City behind when beaten less than a length by Giorgio Quercus at Kempton and the pair meet on identical terms. Domtaline ran well for a long way on his reappearance at Sandown but Cornas is not the force of old and it's not certain that Bertie Boru will appreciate the drop in distance. TARA ROSE made no show over hurdles at Wincanton last month but her form over fences is hard to knock. She's only finished out of the first two once and is unlikely to be far away here either.
Bally Legend 5-1 (11-12) Led, joined 3 out, soon narrowly headed, chased winner, driven before next, rallied to lead again narrowly last, headed and not quicken inside final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Giorgio Quercus (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Domtaline (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Held up, mistake 1st, not fluent 9th, headway 12th, 3rd and one pace before 2 out, mistake last, lost 3rd close home, 5th of 9, 15l behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Tended to jump left, took keen hold and held up in last pair, headway 4 out, chased leaders 3 out, went 3rd next, stayed on to 2nd at the last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Coole River (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Jump City (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leader until before 8th, tracked leaders, pushed along and went 2nd again briefly before 3 out, every chance 3 out, ridden in 3rd before next, went left 2 out, driven and no extra before last, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Giorgio Quercus (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Falcon Island 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, jumped slowly 2nd, lost place when not fluent and reminder next, behind 5th, mistake next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Rossini's Dancer (10-9) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct, 7 ran.
Tara Rose 7-1 (11-1) Mid-division in touch, outpaced after 3 out, weakened from next, 8th of 13, 29l behind Highland Retreat (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Cornas (NZ) 14-1 (10-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd briefly before 5 out, soon ridden and no extra in 4th next, 4th of 6, 26l behind Sire De Grugy (11-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Oct.