Ensor Group Beginners' Chase 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,798 2nd £1,122 3rd £561 4th £281 5th £140
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 22.10s
- Off time: 15:55:30
Ackertac (IRE) 176
|7||158 11-4 p||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||132||Evsf|
Dawn Commander (GER) 194
|5||158 11-4||C E Longsdon||R Johnson||5/4|
Lapin Garou (FR) 162
|5||158 11-4||Nick Williams||Nick Scholfield||25/1|
Red Rock (FR) 98
|7||158 11-4||Miss E C Lavelle||R P McLernon||100||25/1|
Velvet Vic (IRE) 125
|6||158 11-4 b||R C Guest||J M Davies||78||66/1|
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 126
|6||158 11-4 pt||B Leavy||D A Jacob||12/1|
Valmari (IRE) 144
|9||151 10-11||T Symonds||Felix de Giles||33/1|
||6||114||Mrs Caroline Keevil||Non Runner||NR|
Charlie Longsdon has sent a strong team here today and DAWN COMMANDER could be another winner for the yard. Already a winner between the flags, he won twice over timber last season but was always going to make a better chaser than hurdler and this looks a suitable starting point. Ackertac should have got his head in front before now and seems to do better in handicaps when getting weight from better rivals but the well-bred Lapin Garou is well worth a second look while Red Rock could do better for the switch to fences. Several of the others have winning form over hurdles including Marshal Zhukov, who had a hard race at Fontwell on Friday, but are probably best watched here.
Marshal Zhukov (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Tracked leading trio, travelling well after 3 out, led before next, soon clear, driven right out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr beating Warsaw Pact (10-7) by 14l, 8 ran.
Valmari (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leader, hit 6th, ridden and weakened after 2 out, last of 9, 42l behind Marchand D'argent (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in May.
Ackertac (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, mistake 5th, ridden after 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Saint Are (10-13) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Dawn Commander (GER) 1-3fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, clear next, eased towards finish, won at Market Rasen 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating All That Remains (11-2) by 7l, 7 ran.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 85-40fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, left 2nd 5th, led approaching 3 out where not fluent, soon ridden, headed before last, left in lead at hurdle, soon left clear, won at Uttoxeter 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gs in Jun beating Gud Day (10-6) by 8l, 6 ran.
Lapin Garou (FR) 5-1 (11-7) 3rd of 15, 7l behind Grandturgeon (11-7) at Woodford 3m ptp gs in Apr.
Red Rock (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, blundered 2nd, behind 5th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Changing The Guard (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul, 10 ran.
Velvet Vic (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway under pressure after 4 out, chased leaders next, ridden and kept on same pace flat, no impression with leading trio, 4th of 11, 7l behind Oh Right (9-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.