Betdaq No Premium Charge Novices' Handicap Hurdle (2m5f) 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 14 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 48.62s
- Off time: 15:05:28
|1st||2 Harry's Farewell||7/1|
|2nd||1 Smiles For Miles||7||5/1|
|3rd||8 Coup De Grace||2½||9/2f|
Smiles For Miles (IRE) 24
|6||166 11-12 t||D Pipe||T Scudamore||109||5/1|
Harry's Farewell 27
|7||163 11-9||P Gundry||Nick Scholfield||106||7/1|
Upton Wood 57
|8||163 11-9||C J Down||J M Davies||106||16/1|
Tracking Time 3
|7||162 11-8||Andrew Martin||Mr J Martin (7)||105||8/1|
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 38
|6||162 11-8 p1||B G Powell||A Tinkler||105||25/1|
Boss In Boots (IRE) 48
|6||162 11-8||J W Mullins||A Thornton||105||8/1|
Foxes Bridge 85
|6||161 11-7||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||104||33/1|
Coup De Grace (IRE) 15
|5||159 11-5||P Phelan||Joshua Moore (3)||102||9/2f|
Master Cynk 14
|7||159 11-5||T R George||P J Brennan||102||14/1|
Easy Beesy 50
|6||159 11-5||C R Egerton||Sam Twiston-Davies||102||5/1|
In The Gate (IRE) 22
|6||158 11-4 t||C E Longsdon||N D Fehily||101||9/1|
Minella Gathering (IRE) 57
|5||152 10-12||P Henderson||T J O'Brien||95||40/1|
Micquus (IRE) 82
|5||151 10-11 v||J A Geake||M D Grant||94||100/1|
Amber Flush 22
|5||150 10-10||T Symonds||Felix de Giles||93||33/1|
||7||113||R Rowe||L P Aspell||100||NR|
||9||R T Phillips||R Johnson||97||NR|
||7||11-10||Jamie Poulton||J McGrath||11/2|
You can raise question marks against most of these but not Easy Beesy, who won at Towcester and Fontwell before Christmas. He was well beaten several times in this higher grade last season however. Despite having won a couple of point-to-points, HARRY'S FAREWELL didn't appear to get home over 3m1f here last month. He has half-a-mile less to cover today and that could see him gain a first success over timber. Upton Wood has been knocking on the door lately and should be thereabouts again while Coup De Grace has to be on the short-list. Pat Phelan's charge was fourth in a decent handicap at Ascot in December and has won over 2m on the Polytrack since. Smiles For Miles has shown promise but has plenty of weight.
Grace And Fortune 12-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th, pushed along after 5th, reminder after 6th, weakened before 3 out, last of 5, 31l behind Tweedledrum (11-3) at Plumpton 3m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
Just Benny (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and beaten after 3 out, well held 4th and hung left before 2 out, hung left flat, went modest 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Boomtown (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Harry's Farewell 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 3rd soon after 3 out, driven and no impression when hung left before next, weakened, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Closing Ceremony (11-2) at Kempton 3m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Smiles For Miles (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, went 5th before 2 out, soon headway, never dangerous, 4th of 12, 27l behind Strollawaynow (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Coup De Grace (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, one pace in 4th before last, went well held 3rd after last until final strides, 4th of 14, 7l behind Josies Orders (11-6) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Minella Gathering (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, led briefly before 3 out where not fluent, soon headed, under pressure and no impression in 5th approaching 2 out, kept on one pace,, 4th of 9, 20l behind Gold Patrol (11-9) at Tramore 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Tracking Time 16-1 (10-9) Led until before 1st, prominent, not fluent 5th, hit 3 out, 3rd and beaten 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Panama Petrus (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft.
Easy Beesy 10-11fav (11-8) Always prominent on outside, upsides 4 out, driven to lead narrowly between last 2, mistake last, ridden and kept on towards finish, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Typhon De Guye (11-8) by 2l, 9 ran.
Upton Wood 6-1 (11-8) Prominent, took keen hold, led after 3 out, headed 2 out, still challenging when left in lead last, soon hung left, headed towards finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Fountains Mary (11-6) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 8th, pushed along before 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Gunna Be A Devil (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on inside approaching 4 out, chased leaders after next, pushed along and no extra before next, 7th of 14, 34l behind Josies Orders (11-6) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Foxes Bridge 14-1 (11-1) Mid-division, went left 1st, pushed along and struggling after 4th, hung left 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Brinestine (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov, 15 ran.
Master Cynk 100-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened from 4 out, 11th of 18, well behind Pearl Castle (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
In The Gate (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway when mistake 7th, went 3rd before 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Kodicil (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Micquus (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders until after 5 out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, well behind Cole Harden (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Amber Flush 100-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden and struggling after 5th, soon tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Land Of Vic (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.