toteexacta Pick The First And Second Handicap Hurdle (For The Ayrshire Yeomanry Cup) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 37.39s
- Off time: 16:52:21
|1st||6 Forward Flight||13/8|
|2nd||1 Man With Van||nk||6/5f|
Man With Van (IRE) 35
|8||166 11-12||S R B Crawford||Mr S Crawford (3)||132||6/5f|
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 35
|10||161 11-7 p1||Micky Hammond||Joe Colliver (5)||127||22/1|
Kilbree Chief (IRE) 35
|6||159 11-5||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||125||8/1|
Rock Relief (IRE) 52
|8||154 11-0||C Grant||Henry Brooke||120||12/1|
Forward Flight (IRE) (ex7) 6
|8||146 10-6||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||105||13/8|
||10||v||N W Alexander||Diarmuid O'Regan||120||NR|
Rock Relief (IRE)
||7||10-7||C Grant||Henry Brooke||22/1|
Man With Van has a 13lb hike in the weights to contend with for his latest success at Fairyhouse and the runner-up has been well beaten since. Kilbree Chief has been raised 5lb for finishing second at Wetherby but Makhzoon finished second to Too Cool To Fool here last time and makes more appeal than last year's winner Rock Relief. Ryan Mania could afford to ease down FORWARD FLIGHT in the closing stages at Sedgefield during the week as he returned a convincing winner. That shouldn't have taken too much out of him and he gets the vote to defy a penalty.
Makhzoon (USA) 11-2 (11-4) Led, headed narrowly after 4 out, ridden after next, regained lead 2 out, 2 lengths clear last, headed flat, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Too Cool To Fool (10-4) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Forward Flight (IRE) 5-4fav (10-13) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, clear approaching last, comfortably, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Safari Journey (11-2) by 15l, 6 ran.
Man With Van (IRE) 9-4fav (11-6) Held up, soon in mid-division, closer order when hampered 3 out, soon 3rd, raced on outer and ridden straight, challenged from last, led and stayed on well closing stages, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb beating Seriatim (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Kilbree Chief (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway after 4 out, challenged next, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression after 2 out, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Who Owns Me (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Pressed leader, led approaching 8th, headed 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 7, 38l behind Who Owns Me (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Rock Relief (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, not fluent 1st or 6th, mistake 7th, 5th and ridden before 3 out, not fluent and stayed on same pace from 2 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Big Society (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.