C & D South West 25th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle 3m 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,422 2nd £998 3rd £499
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 47.40s
- Off time: 14:57:22
Miss Overdrive 33
|9||166 11-12||O Sherwood||L Aspell||115||7/1|
Joseph Mercer (IRE) 32
|6||166 11-12||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||115||4/1|
Qalinas (FR) 12
|6||165 11-11 bt||D Pipe||Mr M Heard (7)||114||7/2|
Brockwell Park 40
|6||154 11-0||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||103||4/1|
Tin Pot Man (IRE) 19
|7||151 10-11 t||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||100||10/1|
|9||151 10-11 t||C J Down||J M Davies||100||10/3f|
Orion Express 12
|12||148 10-8||Mrs S Gardner||Donal Fahy||97||28/1|
||8||112||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||105||NR|
||8||11-1||C J Down||Matt Griffiths||5/1|
THEDEBOFTHEYEAR is undeniably well handicapped at present and hinted at a revival at Ludlow last time when well backed. She has won on a soft surface here in the past and it could be her turn today. Brockwell Park is still a maiden but has place claims again but Joseph Mercer has become disappointing. Qalinas had Rocky Bender back in third when winning at Lingfield but there may not be much between the pair on today's revised terms. Tin Pot Man is a course and distance winner but this may be a confidence-booster before going back over fences.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Raced wide, held up in touch, steady headway 7th, went 3rd 3 out, challenged and every chance next, ridden and hung left between last two, driven and stayed on same pace one pace flat, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Qalinas (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Qalinas (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb beating Promised Wings (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Thedeboftheyear 3-1fav (10-3) Tracked winner until 6th, pushed along after 9th, outpaced by front pair 3 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Grassfinch (11-7) at Ludlow 3m Conditional Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Joseph Mercer (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, mistake 2nd, lost place 5 out, 10th of 11, well behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Brockwell Park 7-2 (11-10) Raced wide, soon chased leaders, pushed along before 6th, stayed on to 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Midnight Belle (10-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Jan.
Orion Express 20-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent 5th, mistake and behind from next, 13th of 15, well behind E Street Boy (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Miss Overdrive 14-1 (10-10) Held up, ridden after 8th, soon well behind, last of 9, well behind Prima Porta (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Feb.
Tin Pot Man (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb, 13 ran.