Ladbrokes Handicap 7f
- (4yo+, 7f, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,911 2nd £866 3rd £433 4th £216
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Fibresand
- Winning time: 1m 28.45s
- Off time: 14:10:14
|1st||3 Kung Hei Fat Choy||6/4f|
|2nd||5 Strong Man||¾||20/1|
|3rd||4 Barbados Bob||1¼||4/1|
Marciano (IRE) 29
|4||133 9-7 v||A D Brown||R Havlin||74||5/1|
Piceno (IRE) 5
|6||132 9-6 b||S Dixon||Matthew Hopkins (7)||73||7/1|
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 11
|5||132 9-6 b||J G Given||G Lee||73||6/4f|
Barbados Bob (USA) 12
|4||129 9-3||M Wigham||George Chaloner (5)||70||4/1|
Strong Man 12
|6||127 9-1 b||M W Easterby||J P Sullivan||68||20/1|
|4||126 9-0||Kristin Stubbs||T Hamilton||67||20/1|
Sam Spade (IRE) 45
|4||125 8-13||D Shaw||Adam McLean (7)||66||50/1|
Arabian Flight 21
|5||122 8-10||M Appleby||A Mullen||63||5/1|
Kung Hei Fat Choy will be winning again soon judged on his recent efforts over a mile at this track. He's gone close the last twice and had Piceno well behind last time, but the latter broke a blood vessel on that occasion and found only one too good over track and trip either side of that. The aforementioned pair will most likely dominate the betting but MARCIANO could prove better value. Alan Brown's charge has not been disgraced in a couple of start on the Polytrack for new connections and may well take to this surface on the evidence of his victory in testing ground at Chantilly last year. Arabian Flight steps up in class having won here three weeks ago but is still preferred to maiden winner Barbados Bob.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 3-1fav (8-11) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance when not much room and switched left over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Greyfriarschorista (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Strong Man 9-1 (9-0) Led, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 9l behind Powerful Pierre (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Barbados Bob (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Behind, ridden 1f out, never dngerous, 8th of 11, 10l behind Powerful Pierre (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Repetition 25-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 14, 6l behind Firmdecisions (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Marciano (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Discussiontofollow (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Arabian Flight 6-4fav (9-2) Made all, hard driven when strongly challenged appraoching final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec beating Beachwood Bay (9-1) by 1l, 7 ran.
Piceno (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, in touch, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Tellovoi (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Sam Spade (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Steadied start, outpaced in rear, never a factor, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 20l behind Monsieur Royale (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.