Eazylay Flooring & Beds - West Sussex Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,144 2nd £630 3rd £315 4th £157
- Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 7.90s
- Off time: 15:15:04
|2nd||2 Celtic Intrigue||7||2/1f|
Silver Steel (FR) 34
|10||166 11-12 bt||R Ford||A P McCoy||89||11/4|
Celtic Intrigue (IRE) 27
|6||165 11-11 pt||T R George||P J Brennan||88||2/1f|
Lajidaal (USA) 16
|6||162 11-8 be||G L Moore||J E Moore||85||7/1|
She's Humble (IRE) 97
|11||162 11-8||Mrs L C Jewell||A Thornton||85||66/1|
One For The Boss (IRE) 30
|6||162 11-8 pt||B G Powell||S P Jones||85||8/1|
Darnborough (IRE) (ex7) 9
|7||157 11-3||T Symonds||Felix de Giles||73||3/1|
Benefit Evening (IRE) 35
|8||156 11-2 b||Noel Quinlan||Jack Quinlan (3)||79||25/1|
||8||112 bt||Mark Gillard||Jake Hodson||79||NR|
Richard Ford doesn't have many runners this far south so it may be significant that he's sent SILVER STEEL down for this and booked the champion to take the ride. The top weight was beaten in a Hexham seller last time but this isn't much better. Celtic Intrigue is still a maiden but was second at Perth last month while Darnborough won in this grade at Southwell nine days ago, though will find this tougher under a penalty. Lajidaal usually finds a couple too good but is entitled to be thereabouts again here.
Mut'ab (USA) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Solitary Palm (10-0) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Lajidaal (USA) 13-2 (11-4) In rear, struggling 9th, soon lost touch, 7th of 11, well behind Calypso Bay (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Celtic Intrigue (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Tracked leader, not fluent 3rd (water), led 5th until 6th, ridden and every chance from 3 out, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Cloverhill Lad (10-12) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Benefit Evening (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Keen in rear, mistake 5th, ridden along 9th, lost touch next, behind and pulled up after 13th, in a race won by Themilanhorse (11-4) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gd in May, 5 ran.
Darnborough (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Chased leader, led before 7th, blundered 9th, clear after 4 out until approaching 2 out, went clear again from after 2 out, kept up to work flat, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Brannoc (11-3) by 10l, 7 ran.
She's Humble (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Led in start, chased leaders, weakened 7th, behind and no chance when badly hampered by loose horse and pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Upton Mead (9-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Silver Steel (FR) 28-1 (11-1) Held up, headway 12th, led before 2 out, headed last, one pace and no impression flat, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Borolee (10-8) at Kelso 2m 7f Selling Handicap Chase (0-95) (5yo+) (5) gd in May.
One For The Boss (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, weakening when not fluent 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by Kilrush (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May, 11 ran.