Annington Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle (Military Amateur Riders) 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,120 2nd £968 3rd £484 4th £242
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 13.14s
- Off time: 14:00:24
|1st||7 Old Way||4/1|
|2nd||6 Kastani Beach||2¾||7/1|
Boston Blue 16
|7||172 12-4||A W Carroll||Mr Max Chenery (7)||115||16/1|
Great Link 15
|5||171 12-3 t||A W Carroll||Lucy Gardner||114||11/4f|
Should I Stay (FR) 15
|6||165 11-11 p||G L Moore||Maj Felix Wheeler (7)||108||4/1|
Captain Cardington (IRE) 13
|5||162 11-8 v||J G M O'Shea||Miss Sally Randell (5)||105||6/1|
Alanjou (FR) 47
|4||158 11-4 p1||Jamie Snowden||Mr A Michael (5)||109||15/2|
Kastani Beach (IRE) 22
|8||157 11-3||J W Mullins||Lt Col Erica Bridge (7)||100||7/1|
Old Way (IRE) 42
|8||154 11-0 b||Miss V Williams||L J Sole (5)||97||4/1|
Walden Prince (IRE)
||6||10-13||A W Carroll||Miss Sally Randell||9/2|
Tony Carroll trained the winner of this last year and has two entries this time. Boston Blue has had a couple of runs on the Polytrack since finishing well beaten at Doncaster but GREAT LINK looks the pick as he's in a rich vein of form and won in a higher grade at Ayr last month. Lucy Gardner is the most experienced rider in this. Huntingdon scorer Should I Stay has improved over longer trips lately while Kastani Beach has been chasing, as has Old Way. Alanjou needs to improve on what he's shown so far.
Old Way (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear and in touch, in rear from 9th, weakened from 13th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by High Ron (11-4) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Kastani Beach (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Tracked leader from 1st, led 3rd until 4th, stayed prominent in chasing group, 4th and one pace 2 out (normal 4 out), 5th of 10, 24l behind Lord Navits (10-5) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Should I Stay (FR) 15-2 (11-1) Made virtually all, clear with one other to 5th, went left 2 out, soon ridden, hard pressed last, kept on under pressure flat, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb beating Hail Tiberius (10-8) by 5l, 6 ran.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Soon led, headed 1st, ridden after 3rd, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Great Link 7-1 (9-12) Held up in 3rd, headway before 3 out, led before next, ridden between last 2, kept on under pressure flat, won at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb beating Trucking Along (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Alanjou (FR) 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 24l behind Pink Gin (11-4) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Boston Blue 40-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, pushed along after, led before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 12, well behind Forced Family Fun (10-7) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.