Leicester Interactive Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 7f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 7f 110y, Class 5, 4 runners)
- Winner £2,144 2nd £630 3rd £315 4th £157
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 33.30s
- Off time: 14:40:30
Lord Landen (IRE) (ex7) 10
|9||173 12-5 t||F O'Brien||Conor Shoemark (5)||90||8/15f|
Leeroar (IRE) 17
|6||163 11-9||Miss J S Davis||S P Jones||87||9/1|
No More Whispers (IRE) 278
|9||146 10-6 p||Marc Barber||D Crosse||70||11/4|
Badb Catha (IRE) 61
|8||140 10-0||R Curtis||Mr F Tett (7)||62||14/1|
It says much about Badb Catha's distant third at Plumpton that she races out of the handicap, even at this lowly level. It's difficult to look beyond LORD LANDEN, despite a penalty and a welter burden. Fergal O'Brien's charge won by 12 lengths over a shorter trip here last month and probably only need jump round to follow up as Leeroar has regularly finished tailed off over hurdles over the last year and winning pointer No More Whispers has shown nothing under Rules so far.
Leeroar (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, pushed along after 4th, weakened under pressure soon after next, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Join The Navy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Badb Catha (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) In rear, pushed along before 7th, soon struggling, left remote 3rd before last, 3rd of 5, 44l behind Upton Mead (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.
No More Whispers (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) (cp) prom to 10; wl bhnd when pu 4 out, in a race won by Lilac Wine (11-7) at Exmoor 3m ptp gf in Jun, 9 ran.
Lord Landen (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Mid-division, headway when hampered 2nd, not fluent and led 7th, clear when not fluent 3 out, easily, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb beating Carpincho (11-12) by 12l, 11 ran.