Ludlow Food Centre Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 9.70s
- Off time: 17:30:35
|1st||2 Hold Court||3/1j|
|2nd||4 Speedy Tunes||nk||5/1|
|3rd||3 Castle Conflict||25||20/1|
Helium (FR) 28
|9||166 11-12||A Dunn||Mrs Alex Dunn (7)||117||20/1|
Hold Court (IRE) 50
|7||164 11-10||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||115||3/1j|
Castle Conflict (IRE) 31
|9||164 11-10 p1||H D Daly||R Thornton||115||20/1|
Speedy Tunes (IRE) 29
|7||163 11-9||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||114||5/1|
Mini Muck 42
|8||163 11-9||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||114||7/1|
Scales (IRE) 19
|8||159 11-5||R Lee||J E Moore||110||12/1|
Ghost Of A Smile (IRE) 29
|6||157 11-3||Ian Williams||Rob McCarth (5)||108||3/1j|
|6||154 11-0||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||105||8/1|
Easydoesit (IRE) 20
|6||153 10-13 h||A W Carroll||Mr Charlie Deutsch (7)||104||9/1|
Helium is only 3lb higher than when scoring at Taunton in January though he might prefer more cut in the ground. Mini Muck has looked in the handicapper's grip since landing a double in December and Scales is still 12lb higher than when scoring at Ffos Las earlier in the campaign. Ghost Of A Smile was a beaten favourite at Huntingdon last time and this looks tougher, but Dungeness could get involved with a clear round. SPEEDY TUNES left his previous form behind to win at Huntingdon on his return from nearly a year off the track. He's clearly improved and there should be more to come from him now he's got his head in front.
Hold Court (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 4th and one pace after, 4th of 7, 29l behind Baltimore Rock (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.
Speedy Tunes (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Close up, led 4 out, ridden before last, soon pressed, kept on well towards finish, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Unex Modigliani (11-1) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Castle Conflict (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 5th, not fluent 6th or 9th, mistake 12th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Caulfields Venture (10-3) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Mini Muck 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, dropped towards rear 5th, headway under pressure after 4 out, chased leaders before next, effort 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last, 4th of 10, 7l behind Midnight Cataria (11-10) at Ludlow 3m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Scales (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, not clear run when headway approaching 2 out, disputing 2nd when jumped big last, no impression after and stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 10, 4l behind Decimus (11-2) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Ghost Of A Smile (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) In rear, headway before 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 14, 11l behind Drombeg West (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Dungeness 5-1 (11-9) Pressed leader, ridden when fell 5th, in a race won by Good of Luck (10-12) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Helium (FR) 7-2 (11-1) Tracked leader, hit 2nd, chased winner before 2 out, no impression before last, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Scots Gaelic (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Easydoesit (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced from 6th, mistake 2 out, rallied last, stayed on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Horatio Hornblower (11-11) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (4) gd in Mar.