Weatherbys Bank Handicap Chase 2m 3f

  • (5yo+, 2m 3f, Class 3, 9 runners)
  • Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 59.60s
  • Off time: 16:15:22
Full result
Result 16:10 Catterick
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Shangani 7/4f
2nd 4 Mr Syntax 6 10/1
3rd 2 Brave Spartacus 8 5/2


Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 343223
DARK BLUE, YELLOW stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Lease Lend 9
  • T:T D Easterby
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 343223
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-12bt
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
10 166 11-12 bt T D Easterby D C Costello 134 11/2
2 PP1F11
White, Royal Blue chevron, Pink cap Brave Spartacus (IRE) 32
  • T:K G Reveley
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: PP1F11
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
7 162 11-8 K G Reveley J Reveley 130 5/2
3 15-3331
Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves Shangani (USA) 9
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 15-3331
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 127 7/4f
4 2210-63
White, Black braces, striped sleeves and cap Mr Syntax (IRE) 73
  • T:T J FitzGerald
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 2210-63
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-5t
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
9 159 11-5 t T J FitzGerald B Hughes 127 10/1
5 21-254F
Black and orange (quartered), striped sleeves The Thirsty Bricky (IRE) 33
  • T:D Thompson
  • J:Tony Kelly
  • Form: 21-254F
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
11 156 11-2 D Thompson Tony Kelly (5) 124 50/1
6 312-065
Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Arctic Ben (IRE) 51
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 312-065
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
9 151 10-11 H D Daly Jake Greenall (3) 119 13/2
7 0-13522
Red, Beige seams, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Simonside 31
  • T:B Ellison
  • J:Danny Cook
  • Form: 0-13522
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
10 151 10-11 B Ellison Danny Cook 119 16/1
8 2119-37
WHITE, RED sash, WHITE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets, ROYAL BLUE cap French Ties (IRE) 59
  • T:Jennie Candlish
  • J:S Quinlan
  • Form: 2119-37
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-10p
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
11 150 10-10 p Jennie Candlish S Quinlan 118 20/1
9 P-P4F42
MAROON, WHITE hooped sleeves Diamond Frontier (IRE) 10
  • T:J Wade
  • J:John Dawson
  • Form: P-P4F42
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 117
  • Naps:
10 149 10-9 J Wade John Dawson (7) 117 16/1

In depth

Verdict

BRAVE SPARTACUS has been a revelation since turning to front-running and would have been chasing a five-timer but for falling at Sedgefield in December. His accurate jumping has had his rivals struggling and though up a massive 18lb since his last victory doesn't appear to have stopped making progress and can defy the extra burden. Shangani also looked suited by making all at Sandown and he's been hit with a 9lb rise though that was only his fourth start over fences and there's more to come. Simonside, three times a winner over hurdles, has finished runner-up in small fields on his last two starts over fences but has jumped well enough and can make his mark from this spot in the handicap. Arctic Ben generally competes at a higher level though he's out of form at present but the consistent Lease Lend is just 1lb higher than when landing a better race than this a year ago at Wetherby.

Formwatch

Shangani (USA) 6-5fav (11-12) Made virtually all, driven when challenged 3 out, ran on well, won at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy beating Olympian Boy (10-13) by 7l, 7 ran.

Mr Syntax (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Kings Grey (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.

Brave Spartacus (IRE) 2-5fav (11-9) Made all, clear from 3 out, eased after last, won at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Hoare Abbey (11-7) by 22l, 5 ran.

Arctic Ben (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) With leaders, effort 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 41l behind Desert Cry (11-6) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.

The Thirsty Bricky (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before 3 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan, 19 ran.

Diamond Frontier (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Led, headed briefly before 8th, headed before 2 out, ridden after last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Kandari (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.

French Ties (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Held up behind on inside, headway 4 out, outpaced before next, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Plein Pouvoir (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec.

Lease Lend 5-1 (11-1) In rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Cloudy Too (10-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft.

Simonside 6-4fav (11-11) Led, headed after 2nd, tracked leader, led before last, headed last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Schinken Otto (10-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.