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  • (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 21.60s
  • Off time: 13:10:26
Full result
Result 13:10 Sedgefield
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Shadows Lengthen 2/1
2nd 2 Granville Island 7 9/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 225P-54
BLACK, WHITE cross belts, BLACK cap, RED diamond Badgers Retreat 24
  • T:Ferdy Murphy
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: 225P-54
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 102
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 102 100/1
2 8251-23
Royal blue and yellow check, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap Granville Island (IRE) 28
  • T:Jennie Candlish
  • J:S Quinlan
  • Form: 8251-23
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 Jennie Candlish S Quinlan 125 9/2
3 9P-6623
Yellow, large Purple spots, Purple sleeves, Yellow armlets, Yellow cap, Purple spots Highway Code (USA) 34
  • T:R Lee
  • J:M G Nolan
  • Form: 9P-6623
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0t
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 t R Lee M G Nolan (5) 125 6/5f
4 350-953
Red, White hooped sleeves Shadows Lengthen 14
  • T:M W Easterby
  • J:K Renwick
  • Form: 350-953
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 M W Easterby K Renwick 125 2/1
5 5222-45
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Smart Act (IRE) 60
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 5222-45
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 105
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 105 9/1

In depth

Verdict

HIGHWAY CODE is a rare runner here for Herefordshire trainer Richard Lee and, judged on his last couple of runs over fences at Plumpton and Chepstow, the seven-year-old should be opening his account in this under ideal conditions. Granville Island will almost certainly improve on his debut over the larger obstacles at Bangor, however, while Shadows Lengthen, a winner six times on the all-weather and twice over hurdles, was only beaten a head at Catterick on his chasing bow and also warrants serious consideration. Badgers Retreat and Smart Act need to improve on their hurdles form to win this.

Formwatch

Shadows Lengthen 9-1 (10-11) Held up behind, blundered 3rd, headway under presure before 3 out, ridden after last, rallied and every chance towards finish, just held, 3rd of 9, hd behind Jackies Solitaire (9-13) at Catterick 2m beg chs (3) hvy in Dec.

Granville Island (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed after 3 out, already lost 2nd when mistake next, weakened and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 4, 37l behind Tenor Nivernais (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Dec.

Highway Code (USA) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, tracked leaders 7th, challenged 5 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, kept on same pace, no impression with winner flat, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Triptico (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.

Smart Act (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Led to 4th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 42l behind Mitchell's Way (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.

Badgers Retreat 25-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, under pressure 4 out, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 4th of 6, 13l behind Aye Well (11-3) at Catterick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.