32Red.com Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
- (3yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 8 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 39.70s
- Off time: 14:20:37
|2nd||4 Big Water||17||10/3f|
|3rd||2 Scots Gaelic||3¾||5/1|
Ueueteotl (FR) 32
|5||166 11-12||J Ewart||Dale Irving (7)||125||9/2|
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 17
|6||166 11-12||J J Quinn||Dean Pratt (7)||125||5/1|
Divers (FR) 27
|9||164 11-10 b||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||123||12/1|
Big Water (IRE) 37
|5||164 11-10||G A Swinbank||P J Brennan||123||10/3f|
Nine Stories (IRE) 4
|8||163 11-9 v||C Grant||K Renwick||122||25/1|
Strongpoint (IRE) 9
|9||161 11-7||S R B Crawford||P Buchanan||120||7/1|
|5||159 11-5||T D Easterby||B Harding||118||8/1|
Merchant of Dubai 32
|8||153 10-13||J S Goldie||D F O'Regan||112||4/1|
||4||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Craig Nichol||106||NR|
Parc des Princes (USA)
||6||10-5||N G Richards||D C Costello||20/1|
Irish raider Strongpoint, who has won between the flags and over fences, gained his only success over hurdles on this track in 2009 but over a longer trip and from 20lb lower. Mojolika won twice at Carlisle in the spring and has generally competed well subsequently from his higher mark. Ueueteotl needs good ground to show his best as it was when he was a comfortable winner over Merchant Of Dubai here last month. The runner-up is 8lb to the good and should get much closer. TANTAMOUNT won a maiden hurdle at Perth in July and ran well on a return visit in September when a couple of mistakes could have cost him the race. He arrives here after a very impressive victory in similar grade at Aintree on Saturday and a 7lb penalty should prove no problem as he's likely to go up much more than that. Big Water ran so poorly when strongly fancied at Ayr that he's best watched at present.
Tantamount 9-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not alwyas fluent, hampered 8th, soon made progress, challenged 3 out, led before next, ran on well to draw clear flat, won at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (3) sft beating Dundee (11-2) by 9l, 9 ran.
Strongpoint (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Disputed lead, led from 3rd, ridden entering straight, headed before last, weakened run-in, 10th of 24, 9l behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Big Water (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, mistake 5 out, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 9, 45l behind Trucking Along (11-6) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Prominent, led 6th, headed before next, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 13, 22l behind Cyrien Star (10-2) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Merchant of Dubai 15-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, chased winner run-in, no impression, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Ueueteotl (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Divers (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Always in rear, jumped slowly throughout, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Silver Roque (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Mojolika 8-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, ridden before last, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 6l behind Zaplamation (10-4) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Ueueteotl (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, ridden run-in, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov beating Merchant Of Dubai (11-7) by 8l, 9 ran.
Nine Stories (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, ridden and struggling 7th, headway 2 out, mistake last, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Belle De Fontenay (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f sell (5) gs.