TurfTV Handicap Chase 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 4.10s
- Off time: 15:30:22
|1st||4 Or de Grugy||4/1|
|2nd||2 The Big Freeze||1||7/2f|
Knight Woodsman 176
|8||166 11-12 p||R M Smith||Mr C Bewley (7)||104||25/1|
The Big Freeze (IRE) 23
|6||164 11-10 t||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||102||7/2f|
Captain Nash (IRE) 228
|9||162 11-8 t||C Grant||R McGrath||100||11/1|
Or de Grugy (FR) 32
|10||162 11-8||N W Alexander||Lucy Alexander (3)||100||4/1|
Ouest Eclair (FR) 13
|7||152 10-12 b||Ferdy Murphy||J Reveley||90||33/1|
Ballymacduff (IRE) 51
|8||147 10-7 t||G A Charlton||Ryan Mania||85||6/1|
Via Archimede (USA) 42
|7||147 10-7 v||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||85||10/1|
|10||146 10-6 p1||Karen Mclintock||B Hughes||84||13/2|
Jan Jandura (IRE) 209
|7||144 10-4 t||W Amos||Brian Harding||82||5/1|
Archie's Wish 63
|8||140 10-0||Micky Hammond||K Renwick||76||18/1|
Ouest Éclair wouldn't be without a chance here on his best form but he's very inconsistent. The Big Freeze could also go well while Captain Nash is lightly-raced and won at Hexham in March. Or De Grugy bounced back to form at Kelso last month but is 8lb higher here while September's Sedgefield runner-up Archie's Wish is 3lb out of the handicap. VIA ARCHIMEDE won over hurdles here in January off an identical mark and is unexposed over the larger obstacles. He can bounce back from a poor effort at Perth last time by landing this.
Or de Grugy (FR) 4-1 (11-6) In touch, led when hit 6th, headed narrowly next, led again approaching bypassed 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on flat, won at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Oct beating Ballybanks (10-6) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
The Big Freeze (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 8th, led before 10th, headed approaching 2 out, no extra flat, 5th of 14, 9l behind Another Trump (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Dukeofchesterwood 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, reminders and lost place before 14th, tailed off, 8th of 11, 48l behind City Of Doral (10-6) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun '11.
Ouest Eclair (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th until bad mistake 7th, hampered by loose horse 10th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Local Present (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 11 ran.
Via Archimede (USA) 7-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, lost place before 4 out, soon behind, pulled up before next, in a race won by Rossini's Dancer (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 7 ran.
Archie's Wish 7-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, in rear from 13th, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Moon Melody (9-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Sep.
Knight Woodsman 25-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, ridden before 4 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 12, 31l behind Mumbles Head (11-8) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Captain Nash (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) In rear and in touch, headway before 12th, led 3 out, headed before last, regain lead run-in, kept on, driven out, won at Hexham 3m 1f beg chase (5) gd in Mar beating Thelobstercatcher (11-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) 8th of 13, 32l behind Numero Un (10-10) at Compiegne(FR) 2m 5f hdl sft in Sep.
Jan Jandura (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Always behind, 8th of 12, well behind Gougane (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.