Happy 10th Birthday Racing UK Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 26.20s
- Off time: 14:25:47
|1st||7 Gold Futures||10/3|
Focail Maith 4
|6||166 11-12 v||N B King||Trevor Whelan (3)||115||9/4f|
|6||162 11-8 p||C E Longsdon||Aidan Coleman||111||13/2|
Rockabilly Riot (IRE) 49
|4||161 11-7||M Todhunter||G B Watters (7)||114||20/1|
Tiradia (FR) 16
|7||161 11-7||J R Jenkins||A P McCoy||110||7/2|
Gold Futures (IRE) 180
|5||158 11-4 h||N G Richards||B Harding||107||10/3|
Mixed Message (IRE) 15
|4||155 11-1||B Ellison||Danny Cook||108||12/1|
Mr Maynard 19
|5||153 10-13||Mrs P Robeson||Joshua Moore||102||10/1|
||9||117 p||K A Morgan||Adam Wedge||110||WD|
||5||1110||H Whittington||Non Runner||113||NR|
||6||11-8||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||4/1|
This is a decent contest for the time of year with Theatrelands bidding for a fourth win in five starts, though he hasn't raced since December. Gold Futures has been off the track even longer but his yard is in good form now and he still has plenty of scope. Polstar has already won at Doncaster and Taunton since the turn of the year but it took Focail Maith nine attempts to get off the mark, though he didn't run badly at Kempton last time. A P McCoy was on board TIRADIA when he won by seven lengths at Taunton and the champ keeps the partnership intact here. A follow up may be on the cards despite a huge jump in the weights. The four-year-olds Rockabilly Riot and Mixed Message are lightly raced but may struggle at the weights.
Taaresh (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, kept on from last, ridden run-in, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Edmaaj (10-7) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Polstar (FR) 7-4fav (11-9) Led to after 4th, led again next, headed 2 out (usual 3 out), driven to regain lead approaching bypassed 2 out, ridden clear when wandered flat, kept on, won at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr beating Frozen Over (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Gold Futures (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) In rear, hit 3rd, headway after 5th, ridden when weakened 2 out, 4th of 10, 29l behind Shantou Magic (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Tiradia (FR) 5-2fav (11-11) Mid-division, hampered 2nd, smooth headway 3 out, led next, driven clear last, very easily, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr beating Karl Marx (11-2) by 7l, 15 ran.
Focail Maith 8-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway on outside to challenge 2 out, ridden and one pace before last, went 3rd post, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Purple 'n Gold (11-1) at Kempton 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Theatrelands 8-11fav (11-2) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, challenged 10th, led next, clear approaching 3 out, heavily eased towards finish, won at Leicester 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf in Dec beating Minkie Moon (10-9) by 7l, 3 ran.
Rockabilly Riot (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 9, 28l behind Dark Dune (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Mr Maynard 25-1 (10-12) Behind, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, headway 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 18l behind Stiff Upper Lip (10-9) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Mixed Message (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Chased winner until before 3rd, not fluent 3 out, one pace 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Such A Legend (11-0) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.