SIS Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,764 2nd £1,097 3rd £549
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 10.86s
- Off time: 15:20:40
|1st||3 Dovils Date||5/1|
Foggy's Wall (IRE) 22
|6||166 11-12||P F Nicholls||Mr H Derham (3)||118||11/10f|
Minella Definitely (IRE) 9
|7||163 11-9 bt||N P Mulholland||R Johnson||115||13/8|
Dovils Date 11
|5||159 11-5||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (3)||111||5/1|
Big John Cannon (IRE) 22
|4||150 10-10 b1||S-J Davies||W T Kennedy||110||16/1|
||8||115 p||B J Llewellyn||Robert Williams||111||NR|
Seventh Sky (GER)
||6||11-8||C J Mann||N D Fehily||11/4|
Dual bumper winner Foggy's Wall looked better suited by a longer trip than this when runner-up here in December and clearly didn't take to Polytrack in a jumper's bumper at Kempton. MINELLA DEFINITELY, who has been chasing without success, landed a novice hurdle at Wincanton last February after which he was highly tried. He reverted to hurdles with a fair effort last time and is given the nod. Dovils Date won a novice hurdle at Musselburgh in 2012 but hasn't had much racing subsequently and was beaten a long way at Ludlow last time. Taste The Wine last won over hurdles in May and has been racing on the Flat. That victory came over 2m3f so this could prove on the short side. Big John Cannon landed a claiming hurdle at Ludlow in December but has been tailed off in his recent starts.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Tzora (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Dovils Date 12-1 (11-9) Led, headed after 4 out, weakening when mistake next, last of 5, 31l behind Pure Science (11-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Foggy's Wall (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Took keen hold and prominent, led after 4f until 4f out, chased leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 14, 18l behind Five In A Row (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Minella Definitely (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 4th, mistake reminder and lost place next, headway approaching 3 out, one pace and no impression when hung left after next, went left last, 6th of 10, 18l behind Westaway (11-8) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Big John Cannon (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pushed along and struggling in rear 6f out, tailed off, last of 12, 46l behind Knightly Escapade (11-2) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.