William Hill Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 14 runners)
- Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731 5th £1,876 6th £938
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 2.27s
- Off time: 15:15:26
|1st||9 Baltimore Rock||7/1|
|2nd||13 Gassin Golf||1||14/1|
|3rd||4 Vibrato Valtat||4½||3/1f|
Swing Bowler 28
|7||166 11-12||D Pipe||C O'Farrell||139||9/1|
First Avenue 23
|9||164 11-10||Mrs L J Mongan||Paddy Bradley (7)||137||40/1|
Little Jon 28
|6||160 11-6||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||133||33/1|
Vibrato Valtat (FR) 27
|5||157 11-3 t||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||130||3/1f|
Regal Encore (IRE) 87
|6||157 11-3||A J Honeyball||A P McCoy||130||9/2|
New Year's Eve 20
|6||157 11-3 h||J P Ferguson||Jack Quinlan (3)||130||11/1|
Chesil Beach Boy 2
|11||157 11-3||M J Coombe||Louis Muspratt (7)||130||66/1|
Knight Of Pleasure 49
|5||156 11-2||G L Moore||Joshua Moore||129||20/1|
Baltimore Rock (IRE) 17
|5||152 10-12||D Pipe||T Scudamore||125||7/1|
Fourth Estate (IRE) 103
|8||151 10-11||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||124||8/1|
|5||150 10-10||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||123||12/1|
|4||149 10-9 p||C E Longsdon||Kielan Woods (3)||130||20/1|
Gassin Golf 98
|5||148 10-8||R Lee||J E Moore||121||14/1|
|8||145 10-5 b1||Miss A Brewer||D F O'Regan||118||33/1|
||8||11-1||Mrs L J Mongan||Nathan Adams||20/1|
There are races to be won with Little Jon but he looks all over a chaser in the making. Regal Encore will be fancied with McCoy doing the steering but there are definitely alarm bells ringing after he was beaten at short odds at Hexham. New Year's Eve has been picking off lesser contests and doesn't look the heartiest of battlers but there is probably more to come from Baltimore Rock while Gassin Golf is the type to sneak into the places off a reasonable mark as he stays further than this and will get a strong pace. The four-year-old Harristown will find this a tall order however. VIBRATO VALTAT ran Vaniteux to a length-and-a-half over course and distance in December and the winner is a leading fancy for next week's Supreme Novices'. Paul Nicholls' five-year-old easily beat Tiqris at Exeter last month and that one would almost certainly have won at Newbury last week had he not been brought down. A mark of 130 seems more than fair and Daryl Jacob's mount should take all the beating.
Baltimore Rock (IRE) 6-4fav (11-3) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 1st, jumped slowly 5th, soon closed going well, challenged 3 out, led last, ridden clear final 100 yards, comfortably, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb beating Canadian Diamond (11-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
Gassin Golf 8-1 (10-4) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway 3 out, went 2nd going well before 2 out, ridden and lost 2nd going to the last, weakened flat, 5th of 17, 11l behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Vibrato Valtat (FR) 7-5fav (11-3) Held up, went 3rd from 6th, challenged on bit last, led flat, shaken up briefly, soon clear, very easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f Listed nov hdl (1) hvy in Feb beating Tiqris (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Regal Encore (IRE) 1-4fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner approaching last, kept on and not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Seeyouatmidnight (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Chesil Beach Boy 9-2 (11-12) Held up in last pair, closer order 3rd, promising headway on outside approaching 3 out, raced awkwardly and outpaced after 3 out, never able to get on terms after, jumped right last, went modest 4th run in, 4th of 6, 16l behind Red Seventy (10-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.
Little Jon 16-1 (10-9) Led, joined 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on but never going pace of easy winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Calipto (11-2) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Swing Bowler 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, mistake 4 out, ridden and staying on same pace and no impression when left 5th and slightly hampered last, 5th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Somemothersdohavem 11-4 (10-8) Raced on inside, tracked leaders, led 3 out, narrowly headed approaching 2 out, led again soon after, ridden and pressed last, headed run-in and rallied, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Ceasar Milan (10-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.
Skint 9-2 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs in Dec.
New Year's Eve 13-8fav (10-11) Held up in touch, headway 6th, led after 3 out, pressed from next, kept on well run-in, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb beating Rumble Of Thunder (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Harristown 20-1 (10-12) About 40 seconds passed after tape release until they raised a gallop, tracked leader from 1st, not fluent and challenged 2 out, soon edged right, led last, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Baradari (11-2) by 1l, 8 ran.
First Avenue 28-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, pushed along after 4 out, soon outpaced, never involved, 8th of 10, 32l behind Lyvius (11-4) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Knight Of Pleasure 12-1 (10-10) Held up in 6th, headway approaching 5th, lost place 7th, no chance when mistake 3 out, 7th of 9, 46l behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) hvy in Jan.
Fourth Estate (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led 2 out, joined last, soon ridden and pressed, edged right under pressure flat, stayed on well until no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 9, nk behind Ranjaan (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl (0-130) (3) gd in Nov.