Great North City Games Handicap Chase 2m 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £4,224 2nd £1,240 3rd £620 4th £310
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 15.80s
- Off time: 16:56:51
|1st||4 Grey Life||2/1|
Edmund (IRE) 12
|7||166 11-12 t||Mrs A Hamilton||K Renwick||120||7/4f|
Castlelawn (IRE) 45
|7||163 11-9||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||117||5/2|
Jack The Gent (IRE) 45
|10||160 11-6||G M Moore||F Keniry||114||6/1|
Grey Life 13
|8||154 11-0||J M Jefferson||B Hughes||108||2/1|
Sleep In First (FR)
||7||11-12||J Ewart||B Hughes||9/2|
It's hard to fault Edmund over the last six months. He's won three times since the turn of the year but has gone up a further 5lb since scoring narrowly at Cartmel and the handicapper may have finally caught up with him. Castlelawn won twice here around this time last year and will have needed his run at Perth in April. He could take some catching if allowed an easy lead but that seems unlikely as GREY LIFE also likes to be prominent. Malcolm Jefferson's charge was conceding lumps of weight at Kelso last time after winning easily at Sedgefield and deserves another chance. Jack The Gent ran well at Doncaster on his penultimate start but has disappointed again at Southwell since.
Grey Life 11-4 (11-12) Prominent, lost place 2 out, soon ridden, 4th and beaten when hit last, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 19l behind Robin's Command (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Edmund (IRE) 4-1fav (11-6) Held up in rear, headway before 9th, mistake 3 out, hampered last, rider lost iron briefly before home turn, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May beating Mr Syntax (11-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Castlelawn (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Led, pressed from 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, no extra and lost 3rd place run-in, 4th of 5, 6l behind Ut Majeur Aulmes (11-8) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Apr.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Led until 3rd, chased clear leader, closed approachiong 7th, lost 2nd 7th, weakened next, went badly left 9th, clambered over 4 out and immediately pulled up, in a race won by Kings Grey (11-8) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Apr, 6 ran.