Charles Stanley Handicap Hurdle 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 34.70s
- Off time: 15:40:07
|1st||1 Berkeley Barron||10/1|
|2nd||7 Phone Home||7||14/1|
|3rd||5 San Telm||2¾||12/1|
Berkeley Barron (IRE) 26
|6||166 11-12||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||128||10/1|
Waldorf Salad 38
|6||163 11-9||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||125||7/2|
Valid Reason 13
|7||163 11-9 ht||D K Ivory||Paul Moloney||125||16/1|
Nataani (IRE) 146
|11||161 11-7 vt||Miss J S Davis||Jack Savage (10)||123||40/1|
San Telm (IRE) 20
|9||161 11-7||Mrs P Robeson||Joshua Moore||123||12/1|
Westaway (IRE) (ex7) 6
|7||158 11-4||D W P Arbuthnot||Tom Cannon||113||11/4|
Phone Home (IRE) 13
|7||156 11-2||Nick Mitchell||D Elsworth||118||14/1|
Spencer Lea (ex7) 8
|6||154 11-0||A E Price||N D Fehily||109||5/2f|
American Life (FR) 20
|7||147 10-7 bt||A Middleton||James Banks (5)||109||20/1|
Top Of The Range (IRE)
||6||11-10||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||11/4|
Valid Reason has been struggling lately but isn't badly treated today. Waldorf Salad is on a hat-trick after victories at Huntingdon and Taunton but has shot up the weights while Spencer Lea has 7lb extra after scoring at Ludlow, though is only lightly-raced. WESTAWAY also carries a penalty but was very impressive at Newbury last week and is from a family that often improve with age. David Arbuthnot's charge is taken to follow up as Berkeley Barron was well beaten at Exeter after finishing fourth in a Grade 2 at Chepstow in the autumn, though should strip fitter here. San Telm has his sights lowered a little and can't be ruled out.
Berkeley Barron (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, lost place after 4th, ridden before 6th, well beaten 8th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Fingal Bay (11-7) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Phone Home (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Held up, headway when mistake and lost place 3rd, headway after 2 out, stayed on flat, closing near finish, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Monkey Kingdom (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
San Telm (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 13, 43l behind Top Wood (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Waldorf Salad 5-4fav (12-2) Made all, clear before 3 out, 8 lengths clear when not fluent 2 out, pushed out flat, won at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Comical Red (9-9) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Westaway (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Slightly hampered 1st, tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 4th, led 2 out, 6 lengths ahead last, stayed on strongly run in, won at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy beating Pilgreen (11-0) by 13l, 10 ran.
Spencer Lea 7-2 (10-7) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, went 2nd next, soon challenged, ridden to lead when mistake last, stayed on well flat, won at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) sft in Feb beating Big Casino (11-9) by 11l, 7 ran.
Nataani (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Towards rear, some headway into mid-division 7th, pushed along and struggling 11th, tailed off, 8th of 14, 28l behind Al Co (11-0) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Oct.
Valid Reason 16-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, blundered 2nd, lost place and struggling 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Full Shift (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb, 8 ran.
American Life (FR) 16-1 (10-1) Always towards rear, tailed off 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Top Wood (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.