Best Odds Guaranteed At totepool.com Handicap Hurdle (For The James Barclay Challenge Trophy) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 3 runners)
- Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 43.85s
- Off time: 14:50:32
|1st||3 Island Heights||11/8|
The Tracey Shuffle 91
|8||166 11-12 h||B Ellison||Nathan Moscrop (7)||115||Evsf|
Sam Lord 30
|10||160 11-6 v1||James Moffatt||B Hughes||109||6/1|
Island Heights (IRE) 13
|5||158 11-4||Miss Lucinda V Russell||K Renwick||107||11/8|
||6||112 p||S R B Crawford||Anthony Fox||105||NR|
||8||102 t||S Wilson||P Buchanan||91||NR|
A Southside Boy (GER)
||5||10-0||J S Goldie||Henry Brooke||6/1|
The Tracey Shuffle hasn't won for over two years and is hardly in the best shape having pulled up at Auteuil then fallen when sent over fences at Cagnes-sur-Mer. After scoring at Newcastle in January, Sam Lord has been beaten out of sight in two subsequent starts which has to be a concern. ISLAND HEIGHTS won between the flags in Ireland in November and produced a fine run over timber on testing ground at Newcastle - normal progress can see him home. Little Boy Buru ran his best race so far when a close third on this track last month but finished a well-beaten third when favourite at Carlisle yesterday and Robyn Rua has shown nothing so far.
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up behind in touch, tracked leaders 4 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, just held on for 3rd near finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Too Cool To Fool (10-4) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Robyn Rua (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Mid-division, slight mistake 3rd, ridden from 4 out, left 5th next, soon no impression, 5th of 9, 8l behind Mark Me Up (10-8) at Down Royal 2m cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Feb.
Island Heights (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leader until 3rd, hit next, ridden before 2 out, held in 3rd when left 2nd at last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Dark Dune (11-2) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Sam Lord 12-1 (11-7) With leader, led before 4th, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 6, 44l behind Twoways (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
The Tracey Shuffle 12-1 (11-0) in a race won by Mercelino (10-7) at Cagnes-sur-Mer(FR) 2m 5f clm chs gd in Dec, 16 ran.