Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 2, 9 runners)
- Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155 5th £578 6th £290
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.30s
- Off time: 15:50:34
|1st||6 Scotch Warrior||22/1|
|2nd||8 Quito Du Tresor||nk||11/1|
|3rd||5 Headly's Bridge||2½||6/1|
Tap Night (USA) 29
|7||166 11-12||Miss Lucinda V Russell||A P McCoy||145||10/3f|
Viva Colonia (IRE) 7
|9||164 11-10||B Ellison||R Johnson||143||9/1|
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 7
|10||159 11-5||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||138||12/1|
Bless The Wings (IRE) 29
|9||158 11-4 b||A King||R Thornton||137||4/1|
Headly's Bridge (IRE) 29
|8||151 10-11||Simon Earle||A Thornton||130||6/1|
Scotch Warrior 198
|10||148 10-8||R M Smith||K Renwick||127||22/1|
Solix (FR) 31
|8||145 10-5 b1||Ian Williams||W Kennedy||124||7/2|
Quito Du Tresor (FR) 68
|10||143 10-3 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||T Scudamore||122||11/1|
Stormin Exit (IRE) 20
|11||140 10-0||J S Goldie||Henry Brooke||116||18/1|
||8||10-0||B Ellison||T Scudamore||6/1|
Tahiti Pearl was an early casualty in last week's Topham and has a better chance here but Viva Colonia is hard to win with and Bless The Wings is out of form. Headly's Bridge is on a hat-trick after back-to-back victories at Newbury and Towcester but steps up a further grade here. Solix never figured at Cheltenham but had run well earlier at Doncaster and Sandown, though this looks a bit short nowadays. TAP NIGHT started favourite for a Grade 2 novice event at this meeting last year and only found the useful Radjhani Express too good. He's been set some stiff tasks this season and might appreciate the easier grade.
Scotch Warrior 13-2 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 6th or 10th, mistake 13th, soon outpaced, hampered 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 13l behind Raajih (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Sep.
Quito Du Tresor (FR) 14-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, every chance when not fluent 4 out, no extra flat, 5th of 7, 5l behind Swift Arrow (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Headly's Bridge (IRE) 2-5fav (11-5) Made virtually all, in command when went badly right last, stayed on flat, driven out, won at Towcester 2m 3f nov chs (4) gs in Mar beating Valid Point (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Tap Night (USA) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along 10th, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Ballynagour (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 23 ran.
Stormin Exit (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leading pair, left 2nd when slightly hampered 3rd, led when not fluent 2 out (usual 3 out), headed approaching bypassed 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Jet Master (11-10) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Bless The Wings (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, in touch on outside 10th, chased leaders when hit 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, 15th of 23, 47l behind Ballynagour (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders until hit and unseated rider after 9th, in a race won by Ma Filleule (11-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs, 30 ran.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) In touch, mistake 2nd, blundered and unseated rider 10th (bechers brook), in a race won by Ma Filleule (11-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs, 30 ran.
Solix (FR) 33-1 (10-4) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 14th, behind when blundered 3 out, 16th of 23, 46l behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.