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  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 6 runners)
  • Winner £4,029 2nd £1,183 3rd £591 4th £296
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 4.40s
  • Off time: 14:20:36
Full result
Result 14:20 Sedgefield
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Tiny Dancer 9/5f
2nd 6 One In A Row 12/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 65-63P3
Royal blue, black sash, striped cap Talkin Thomas (IRE) 89
  • T:N G Richards
  • J:B Harding
  • Form: 65-63P3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 N G Richards B Harding 110 11/4
2 345212
Royal Blue, White hoop, Royal Blue sleeves, White spots, hooped cap Tiny Dancer (IRE) 6
  • T:G A Swinbank
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 345212
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 108
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 G A Swinbank P J Brennan 108 9/5f
3 764-41P
Royal Blue, White stripe, striped sleeves, check cap Ravens Brook (IRE) 59
  • T:R Lee
  • J:M G Nolan
  • Form: 764-41P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-9p
  • OR: 107
  • Naps:
8 163 11-9 p R Lee M G Nolan (3) 107 4/1
4 38-FP27
Pink, White hoops, Black sleeves, White cap Teo Vivo (FR) 89
  • T:J Ewart
  • J:R McGrath
  • Form: 38-FP27
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 100
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 J Ewart R McGrath 100 11/1
5 1-44777
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Uppercut De L'orne (FR) 34
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:A P Lane
  • Form: 1-44777
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 96
  • Naps:
6 152 10-12 D McCain Jnr A P Lane 96 7/1
6 50-9603
Purple, yellow braces, sleeves and star on cap One In A Row (IRE) 11
  • T:A Crook
  • J:J Kington
  • Form: 50-9603
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 84
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 A Crook J Kington (3) 84 12/1

In depth

Verdict

Ravens Brook was the very easy winner of a poor handicap at Bangor in December but went up 9lb and ran poorly at Wetherby the following month. Tiny Dancer came home virtually alone at Ayr a month ago but blundered his way around Catterick last time and was beaten a long way. Teo Vivo ran a shocker at Newcastle when last seen in December and is well held by TALKIN THOMAS on that run. The latter could do with a drop in the weights but this is a poor contest and he's taken to come out on top. Winning point-to-pointer Uppercut De L'Orne has shown nothing so far under Rules.

Formwatch

Tiny Dancer (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Held up towards rear, in 3rd and blundered 15th, staying on in 2nd when blundered 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 5, 21l behind Harris (11-11) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.

One In A Row (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 3rd before 4 out, ridden and no impression with front pair before next, 3rd of 4, 19l behind Croco Bay (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd in Feb.

Talkin Thomas (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) In touch, headway before 4 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.

Uppercut De L'orne (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway before 5 out, went 3rd before and pecked 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 48l behind Fozy Moss (10-4) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.

Ravens Brook (IRE) 13-8fav (11-1) Led to 3rd, in touch, lost place 8th, behind from next, lost touch 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Chicklemix (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan, 7 ran.

Teo Vivo (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, pushed along after 8th, weakened from 5 out, 7th of 9, well behind Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.