JPW Distribution Handicap Hurdle (For The Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry Challenge Cup) 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 55.10s
- Off time: 17:00:15
|1st||1 What An Oscar||11/2|
|2nd||10 Victor Echo||nse||7/2|
|3rd||7 Be My Light||12||10/1|
What An Oscar (IRE) 210
|7||166 11-12||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||120||11/2|
|6||161 11-7||Mrs P Robeson||J A McCarthy||115||9/1|
Vagrant Emperor (IRE) 548
|9||160 11-6||Miss E C Lavelle||Conor Quish (10)||114||11/1|
Everaard (USA) 170
|6||156 11-2 p||Mrs K Walton||Henry Brooke (3)||110||20/1|
Twentyfourcarat (IRE) 52
|7||156 11-2 b1||C E Longsdon||R Johnson||110||8/1|
Be My Light (IRE) 175
|6||156 11-2 p||C E Longsdon||Kielan Woods (5)||110||10/1|
Polarbrook (IRE) 232
|5||153 10-13||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||107||11/4f|
Mossini (IRE) 147
|7||151 10-11||R T Phillips||Gerard Tumelty||105||33/1|
Victor Echo (IRE) 12
|6||150 10-10||P D Evans||Aidan Coleman||104||7/2|
Iron Duke 26
|6||147 10-7 pt||L Corcoran||Gavin Sheehan (7)||101||33/1|
Sail And Return 543
|8||146 10-6 t||P W Middleton||Thomas Garner (7)||100||20/1|
Giant Sequoia (USA) 22
|8||141 10-1||B Curley||Paul Moloney||95||25/1|
||5||117||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||115||NR|
||8||10-12||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||8/1|
What An Oscar lost his way in the spring while Grassfinch may need this and Wheres The Hare could be a few pounds too high in the weights. Everaard has also climbed the ratings after last season's exploits while Charlie Longsdon's pair, Twentyfourcarat and Be My Light, struggle to get their heads in front. VAGRANT EMPEROR is still a maiden at the age of nine but he's spent much of his career tackling the likes of Somersby and Bensalem and likes soft ground. Conor Quish takes off 10lb as his mount returns from a lengthy absence and he could be worth a bet to finally get off the mark.
Wheres The Hare (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, close up 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd and no impression last, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Trackmate (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
What An Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Prominent, mistake 2nd, lost place when mistake 4th, behind when pulled up after 8th, in a race won by Kilmacowen (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 14 ran.
Victor Echo (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, mistake 4th, progress into 12 lengths 5th 2 out, given 2 reminders before last, ran on flat, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Romance Dance (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Sep.
Be My Light (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) In touch, chased leader after 3rd until after 5th, soon outpaced, kept on from 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 36l behind Monkey Milan (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Vagrant Emperor (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Took keen hold early, not always fluent, chased winner until 11th, ridden and struggling 4 out, well beaten when went right 2 out and last, tailed off, last of 3, 42l behind Alderley Rover (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd in Apr '11.
Grassfinch 10-3 (11-11) Tracked leader, led soon after 6th, hit next, ridden 2 out, pressed last, headed final stride, 2nd of 7, nk behind Emperor's Choice (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Giant Sequoia (USA) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, effort to chase leaders after 4 out to next, soon weakened, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Bobowen (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Polarbrook (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased winner, mistake 4 out, ridden after 3 out, lost 2nd well before 2 out, soon weakened, left disputing modest 3rd and hampered last, weakened flat, 4th of 10, 29l behind Super Duty (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Sail And Return 4-1 (9-13) Mid-division on inside, took keen hold, headway before 9th, chased winner after 2 out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Paint The Clouds (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr '11.
Twentyfourcarat (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Prominent, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 14, 22l behind Ivan Vasilevich (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Everaard (USA) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, lost place 8th, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Howizee (10-10) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Mossini (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Tracked leaders, chased leader 6th, led 12th, blundered 15th, fell next, in a race won by Ballyvoneen (10-1) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in May, 5 ran.
Iron Duke 12-1 (11-3) Prominent, ridden 4th, weakened after next, 7th of 14, 37l behind Coffee (11-8) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.