Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase 3m 5f
- (5yo+, 3m 5f, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 48.90s
- Off time: 15:50:33
Poungach (FR) 68
|8||166 11-12 b||P F Nicholls||R Mahon||140||7/2|
Well Refreshed 23
|10||165 11-11||G L Moore||Joshua Moore||139||5/1|
Massini's Maguire (IRE) 19
|13||164 11-10||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||138||8/1|
Giles Cross (IRE) 387
|12||162 11-8||V R A Dartnall||D F O'Regan||136||9/2|
Gotoyourplay (IRE) 734
|10||143 10-3||Miss V Williams||T Scudamore||117||5/2f|
Whispering Jack 38
|9||140 10-0 p||K Burke||G Sheehan (3)||112||13/2|
GOTOYOURPLAY looked a fine prospect when landing novice events at Newbury and Exeter a couple of years ago and can reappear after a long absence on a very lenient mark. His trainer is very adept at bringing them back in top shape and he can start making up for lost time. Poungach has been racing in much better including a fourth place in a Wincanton Listed handicap but he's run poorly on his last two starts and might struggle to concede 23lb to the selection. Well Refreshed won the Grade 3 Grand National Trial at Haydock last February and has been struggling following a massive weight rise. The veteran Massini's Maguire, twice a winner in Listed races at Ascot in his last four starts, has had his problems and finished last on his reappearance following a two-year absence at Doncaster last month. Giles Cross, a top staying chaser in his time, has pulled up in three major staying handicaps since landing the National Trial at Haydock in 2012. Whispering Jack won a Ffos Las handicap last May but has hardly picked his feet up since.
Gotoyourplay (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, bad mistake 12th, headway 14th, soon outpaced, rallied 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, led approaching last, stayed on well, won at Exeter 3m nov chs (4) gd in Mar '12 beating Reblis (10-7) by 6l, 8 ran.
Poungach (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Held up, not fluent 3rd, mistake 6th, ridden and lost touch from 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Return Spring (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
Massini's Maguire (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) With leader, led 4th, headed before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, last of 10, well behind Tranquil Sea (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
Giles Cross (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Close up, led after 13th, headed 6 out, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Well Refreshed (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb '13, 14 ran.
Whispering Jack 66-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 28l behind Caulfields Venture (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Well Refreshed 22-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.