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- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £5,697 2nd £1,683 3rd £842 4th £421 5th £211
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 4.36s
- Off time: 14:55:42
|1st||2 Bygones of Brid||4/1|
|2nd||5 Bob's World||3||7/2|
It's A Mans World 137
|8||166 11-12||B Ellison||Garry Lavery (10)||127||12/1|
Bygones of Brid (IRE) 26
|11||162 11-8 v||Karen McLintock||P J Brennan||123||4/1|
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 37
|6||161 11-7 b||D McCain Jnr||Nick Slatter (7)||122||4/1|
Looking On 320
|6||160 11-6||S Gollings||D C Costello||121||12/1|
Bob's World 22
|5||155 11-1 pt||Jennie Candlish||Sean Quinlan||116||7/2|
Grate Fella (IRE) 17
|6||155 11-1||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||116||2/1f|
It's A Mans World has had seven different trainers but has still managed to win 10 races, though he was beaten off this mark when last seen in October and is probably as high as he wants to go. Bygones Of Brid won twice over fences last summer and will be suited by today's better ground but Looking On hasn't seen a racecourse for almost a year and may just need the run. Sud Pacifique hasn't won since 2012 but is consistent enough which is why he's still high enough in the ratings. Bob's World was in tremendous form at this time a year ago and was highly tried later but his recent form has been poor. GRATE FELLA looked a nice prospect when gaining his second victory over hurdles at Catterick on New Year's Day and though he's disappointed in two subsequent starts this better ground should suit and he's taken to get back on the winning trail.
Bygones of Brid (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Led, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 6, 22l behind Runswick Royal (11-3) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Bob's World 8-1 (11-2) In rear, headway 7f out, pushed along over 4f out, kept on same pace final 3f, went 3rd from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Gogeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Looking On 5-4fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led 4 out ridden and headed when not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Lone Foot Laddie (10-0) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Grate Fella (IRE) 9-2fav (10-3) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 20l behind Yorkist (10-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.
It's A Mans World 11-4 (11-2) Close up, ridden 3 out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, not trouble winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind The Stig (10-12) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Held up, took keen hold, closed on inside from 8th, went 2nd last, ridden and no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Rumble Of Thunder (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.