Welsh Guards Association Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 44.10s
- Off time: 15:47:13
|1st||5 August Hill||13/8f|
|2nd||8 Ladies Dancing||2½||11/2|
|3rd||3 Orthodox Lad||½||11/1|
Dresden (IRE) 58
|6||166 11-12||S-J Davies||W T Kennedy||120||14/1|
Watt Broderick (IRE) 44
|5||161 11-7 t||Ian Williams||A P McCoy||115||4/1|
Orthodox Lad 219
|6||159 11-5||Dr R D P Newland||Chris Ward (5)||113||11/1|
Red Skipper (IRE) 30
|9||158 11-4||J G M O'Shea||Ciaran McKee (7)||112||33/1|
August Hill (IRE) 19
|6||158 11-4 ht||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||112||13/8f|
Fond Memory (IRE) 16
|6||158 11-4||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||112||8/1|
Going Concern (IRE) 45
|7||157 11-3||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||111||14/1|
Ladies Dancing 26
|8||153 10-13 p||C J Down||J M Davies||107||11/2|
Osorios Trial 253
|7||150 10-10 ht||A Middleton||C Poste||104||100/1|
Watt Broderick can be a tricky ride as he needs holding up. But the champ takes over the reins and this sharp track should suit, though he's shot up in the weights. Orthodox Lad lacks a recent run but was in good form last summer, though August Hill looks a bigger threat. He won over course and distance last month after scoring at Wincanton and a hat-trick isn't out of the question. Going Concern is difficult to catch right, however, and may have preferred a softer surface. FOND MEMORY easily landed the odds at Perth last month and is only a couple of pounds higher than when just beaten in a novices' handicap at Newbury in February - he can double his tally here.
August Hill (IRE) 13-8fav (11-2) Held up rear division, headway 4 out, every chance 3 out, left in lead after last, kept on strongly, won at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr beating Purple 'n Gold (11-12) by 5l, 13 ran.
Ladies Dancing 14-1 (11-0) In touch, went 2nd at 4th, ridden and every chance 2 out, kept on under pressure, no extra and held final 50 yards, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Revani (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Orthodox Lad 5-2fav (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, went 5th before last, went 4th from last, one pace, 5th of 11, 32l behind Foxcub (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Fond Memory (IRE) 4-7fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway to lead narrowly 2 out, driven 2 lengths clear when not fluent last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Perth 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Apr beating Final Pass (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Dresden (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Prominent, joined leader 5th until ridden 2 out, keeping on same pace when hit last, 6th of 10, 11l behind Fujin Dancer (10-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 5-4fav (10-4) Mid-division, went 2nd before 3 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar beating Rock A Doodle Doo (11-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Going Concern (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Held up, headway on outside after 5th, not much room 3 out, soon shaken up, switched left before 2 out, one pace, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 20l behind Lac Sacre (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Osorios Trial 15-2 (11-6) Held up, ridden after 4th, weakened before next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Vimiero (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug, 6 ran.
Red Skipper (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Prominent, went 2nd after 6th until approaching 3 out, chased leaders, weakened quickly before next, 11th of 15, 31l behind Taradrewe (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.