Aspen Insurance Handicap Hurdle 3m 1f 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 53.90s
- Off time: 16:00:34
|1st||5 Solstice Son||5/2f|
|2nd||4 Brantingham Breeze||3||11/4|
Royal Chatelier (FR) 17
|9||166 11-12 p1||M Blake||M G Nolan (3)||110||10/1|
Dom Lukka (FR) 69
|6||166 11-12||C E Longsdon||Aidan Coleman||110||11/4|
Grace And Fortune 98
|7||156 11-2||R Rowe||L P Aspell||100||4/1|
Brantingham Breeze 20
|6||156 11-2||Miss E C Lavelle||Richie O'Dea (10)||100||11/4|
Solstice Son 78
|5||150 10-10 t||A J Honeyball||R Thornton||94||5/2f|
The Red Laird
||10||11-12||N B King||T E Whelan||7/2|
Royal Chatelier won over fences at Taunton in January and can race off the same mark reverting to the smaller obstacles. Dom Lukka has failed to complete in three outing since scoring at Huntingdon and remains 11lb higher but Grace And Fortune has a shout on her earlier third over a shorter trip at this venue. BRANTINGHAM BREEZE was fancied to do better at Taunton last time given she'd found only a subsequent Listed winner too good in a novice event at Wincanton before that. Emma Lavelle's mare gets a chance to prove her latest running all wrong and gets the nod. Bumper winner Solstice Son is easily overlooked on his poor form over hurdles.
Solstice Son 8-1 (10-11) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 39l behind Dubawi Island (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Brantingham Breeze 5-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside to track leaders approaching 7th, went 3rd and stumbled 3 out, soon ridden one pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Comical Red (9-8) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 12-1 (11-1) Held up, reminders after 4th, blundered 10th, soon in rear, tailed off when went right 4 out, 7th of 10, well behind Thomas Wild (11-3) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Grace And Fortune 12-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th, pushed along after 5th, reminder after 6th, weakened before 3 out, last of 5, 31l behind Tweedledrum (11-3) at Plumpton 3m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
Dom Lukka (FR) 4-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, pushed along before 8th, ridden and weakene dbefore 3 out, tailed off when blundered 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Gunna Be A Devil (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.