Excel Signs Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 23.10s
- Off time: 15:47:48
|1st||2 Swaledale Lad||15/2|
|2nd||7 Mecox Bay||37||4/1|
|3rd||1 Peaks Of Fire||1¼||13/2|
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 34
|6||166 11-12 p||Miss J E Foster||Samantha Drake (7)||110||13/2|
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 41
|6||163 11-9||R Ford||Harry Challoner (5)||107||15/2|
Engai (GER) 33
|7||159 11-5||D G Bridgwater||T J Phelan||103||6/1|
Behtarini (IRE) 130
|6||158 11-4||C N Kellett||R Flint||102||66/1|
Lucky Prince 24
|6||156 11-2||B Eckley||Gary Derwin (7)||100||9/2|
Louxor Des Mottes (FR) 32
|5||155 11-1 t1||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||99||9/1|
Mecox Bay (IRE) 31
|6||154 11-0||Jennie Candlish||S Quinlan||98||4/1|
Lean Burn (USA) 31
|7||145 10-5||B Leavy||Danny Cook||89||10/3f|
This is little better than a seller but we ran out of patience with Peaks Of Fire a long time ago and Swaledale Lad, who showed promise last season, has barely picked his feet up in a couple of runs this winter. LUCKY PRINCE was second over course and distance in December and should figure back over his best trip as he has the beating of Lean Burn on the form book. He gets the nod though Engai ran his best race so far in this country at Plumpton last month. The German import makes more appeal than Behtarini. Louxor Des Mottes and Mecox Bay.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Led, jumped left and headed 3 out, weakened before last, 7th of 11, 24l behind Renoyr (11-1) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Mecox Bay (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 5th, no extra 2 out, 5th of 12, 24l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 6, 33l behind One For Harry (11-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Lean Burn (USA) 12-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, not able to get on terms with leaders, 6th of 9, 4l behind Thunderstorm (11-9) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Engai (GER) 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and pressed before last, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Rocky Elsom (11-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Behtarini (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 35l behind Southway Star (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Louxor Des Mottes (FR) 25-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 5th or 7th, headway after 3 out, no extra before last, 5th of 8, 24l behind Sound Investment (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Lucky Prince 4-1 (9-13) Prominent, hit 5th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by The Bear Trap (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.