Betfair Commits 40 Million To British Racing Handicap Chase 2m 5f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 5f 110y, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 52.65s
- Off time: 14:00:36
|1st||3 Cross Of Honour||15/8f|
|2nd||1 Frontier Spirit||½||5/2|
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 23
|8||166 11-12||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||126||5/2|
Fine Parchment (IRE) 11
|9||165 11-11 pt||C J Mann||Harry Bannister (7)||125||8/1|
Cross Of Honour (IRE) 8
|5||165 11-11 t||C E Longsdon||R Johnson||125||15/8f|
Global Flyer 27
|8||163 11-9 b||Mrs Caroline Bailey||A Thornton||123||16/1|
Camden (IRE) 21
|6||162 11-8||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||122||5/2|
Frontier Spirit (IRE)
||7||11-3||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||3/1|
A tight handicap on official ratings but CAMDEN arrives in the best form. Without a win since April last year, he'd slipped down the weights and took advantage when scoring at Plumpton last month on only his second start over fences. Cross Of Honour is also unexposed over fences and won a bumper on the all-weather at Kempton last week while Frontier Spirit's jumping was a little rusty on his comeback run at Wetherby and he should be sharper today. Fine Parchment finished a close-up fourth to Aerial at Newbury earlier this year but has been in woeful form since and Global Flyer has shown little in a couple of recent starts.
Cross Of Honour (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std beating Mush Mir (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) In touch, chased leaders approaching 8th, slow 10th, effort when blundered 4 out, mistake 2 out, no extra approaching last, 5th of 9, 16l behind Wyck Hill (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Global Flyer 20-1 (11-4) Prominent, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 31l behind Buck Mulligan (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Camden (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Tracked leader, outpaced before 4 out, headway 2 out, ridden to lead before and blundered last, kept on, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov beating Nozic (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Pulled hard, soon prominent, led 6th, strongly challenged from 4 out, headed next, weakened before last, 7th of 11, 23l behind Sizing Santiago (10-13) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.