Greene King Festival At Great Yarmouth Apprentice Handicap 7f 3y
- (4yo+, 7f 3y, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 28.84s
- Off time: 17:30:27
|1st||2 Jonnie Skull||15/8f|
Duke Of Destiny (IRE) 24
|5||138 9-12 p||Ed Walker||Clifford Lee (7)||63||13/2|
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 1
|8||136 9-10 vt||P S McEntee||Jack Gilligan (5)||61||15/8f|
|4||134 9-8 p||K R Burke||Peter Sword (5)||59||11/4|
Bladewood Girl 10
|6||129 9-3||J R Jenkins||Charlie Bennett||54||7/2|
Tiger's Home 21
|4||126 9-0||Miss J Feilden||D A Parkes||51||14/1|
Sairaam (IRE) 1
|8||120 8-8 p||C Smith||Patrick Pilley (5)||45||16/1|
||8||9-11||D Donovan||Louis Steward||3/1|
JONNIE SKULL loves it here and his latest second over a longer trip is easily the best recent form on offer. Phil McEntee's eight-year-old should take all the beating as Bladewood Girl might need some respite from the handicapper to get her head back in front and Tiger's Home, behind Bladewood Girl here in the spring, is probably better over sprint distances nowadays. It's difficult to make a case for any of the others on what they've shown over the last couple of months.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Raced alone on stand side rail, hard ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Siouxperhero (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Sairaam (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Chased winner until over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sophie's Beau (10-9) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Bladewood Girl 9-2 (9-6) Restless in stalls, held up towards rear, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 3rd final 75 yards and closing, not quite get there, 3rd of 12, hd behind Alfresco (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Jul.
Duke Of Destiny (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Last to break, held up, ridden and switched left 2f out, no headway, well beaten final furlong, 11th of 13, 11l behind If I Were A Boy (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Mitchell 8-1 (8-11) Steadied start, raced wide and held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no response 2f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Who's That Chick (9-12) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Tiger's Home 5-2fav (9-0) Outpaced in last trio, headway on inside well over 1f out, went 3rd approaching final furlong, one pace, no impression, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Johnny Splash (9-3) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jul.