John Smith's Scottish Borders National (Handicap Chase) 4m
- (5yo+, 4m, Class 2, 8 runners)
- Winner £16,266 2nd £4,805 3rd £2,402 4th £1,201 5th £601 6th £302
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 9m 23.45s
- Off time: 14:29:26
|1st||3 Mortimers Cross||12/1|
|2nd||5 Captain Americo||1||5/1|
Railway Dillon (IRE) 15
|7||166 11-12 b||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||134||11/2|
Harouet (FR) 35
|7||160 11-6 p||P Bowen||J E Moore||128||9/1|
Mortimers Cross 21
|11||157 11-3||J L Needham||Paul John (7)||125||12/1|
Lord Villez (FR) 50
|8||156 11-2||Ferdy Murphy||J Reveley||124||10/1|
Captain Americo (IRE) 226
|10||153 10-13||J Ewart||B Hughes||121||5/1|
Cotswold Charmer (IRE) 25
|7||150 10-10||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||118||6/4f|
Quacity (FR) 23
|8||140 10-0||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Grant Cockburn (7)||105||11/1|
Definite Appeal (IRE) 23
|9||140 10-0||S Corbett||Gary Rutherford (5)||101||25/1|
Eyre Square (IRE)
||8||10-9||K G Reveley||J Reveley||6/1|
This is likely to turn into a real slog and Quacity and Definite Appeal will both be carrying more than their allotted weight - the latter may also struggle on the ground. COTSWOLD CHARMER could improve for the big step up in trip and appears to have the beating of Railway Dillon on a line through Bangor and Haydock winner Quartz De Thaix. He gets a tentative vote with Lord Villez usually managing to find at least one too good and Captain Americo making his seasonal reappearance. Mortimers Cross stays well and shouldn't be far away, however, while Harouet kept on well when scoring over 3m2f at Carlisle and likes the mud.
Mortimers Cross 10-1 (11-0) Disputed lead, mistake 12th, not fluent 4 out, headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Incentivise (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Captain Americo (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, pushed along before 10th, reminders and lost place before 12th, tailed off when blundered 17th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Cerium (10-1) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Quacity (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 4 out, ridden before 3 out, one pace 2 out, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Definite Appeal (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Lord Villez (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 4 out, kept on to go 4th from last, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Across The Bay (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Oct.
Definite Appeal (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Mid-division, challenged from 5 out, pressed from 4 out, ridden before last, kept on gamely to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Bob Will (9-11) by nk, 8 ran.
Railway Dillon (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Led, blundered 9th ridden and headed before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 11, 15l behind Quartz De Thaix (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov.
Harouet (FR) 11-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, went 2nd 3 out, led run-in, kept on, driven out, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov beating Super Ally (10-2) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Cotswold Charmer (IRE) 3-1fav (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders 5 out, ridden and effort to challenge 2 out, soon chased winner, kept on same pace, no impression with winner from last, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Quartz De Thaix (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.