Grosvenor Casino Swansea Handicap Hurdle 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places in the back straight
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 27.50s
- Off time: 15:05:21
|1st||1 Le Beau Bai||25/1|
|2nd||9 Valley Lad||1¼||9/1|
|3rd||3 Siberian Tiger||2¼||16/1|
Le Beau Bai (FR) 8
|9||166 11-12 p||R Lee||C Poste||132||25/1|
Weekend Millionair (IRE) 14
|5||164 11-10||D Pipe||T Scudamore||130||4/1|
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 44
|7||161 11-7||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge (3)||127||16/1|
Wayward Glance 23
|4||161 11-7 v||Jim Best||A P McCoy||127||15/2|
|7||154 11-0||Miss R Curtis||Patrick Corbett (10)||120||5/2f|
What Er Say 19
|7||152 10-12||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||118||3/1|
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 15
|7||152 10-12||W K Goldsworthy||R Johnson||118||18/1|
Valley Lad (IRE) 43
|6||149 10-9||P D Evans||Aidan Coleman||115||9/1|
Corso Palladio (IRE) 20
|10||144 10-4 pt||P Bowen||Donal Devereux (3)||110||14/1|
||5||115||A J Honeyball||Rachael Green||125||NR|
Frontier Dancer (IRE)
||7||11-6||Mrs L Hill||D Bass||7/1|
Stow has switched stables and makes his reappearance but he'll enjoy the ground and Patrick Corbett takes off 10lb. Wayward Glance's form figures are impressive but he's been taking on lesser company while this looks like a confidence-booster for Le Beau Bai before the Welsh National winner goes back over fences. WEEKEND MILLIONAIR scored over 2m4f here in March and got back to winning ways over a longer trip at Wincanton last month. This is only his second run in a handicap and he still has plenty of scope so should take all the beating today. Velator came on in leaps and bounds when given a stamina test at the start of the year and rattled up a hat-trick. He's trying this grade for the first time, however, after a break. What Er Say and Tenby Jewel may be best of the rest.
Velator 7-2fav (11-6) With leader, led approaching 3rd, ridden flat, held on well, won at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating Winning Habit (10-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Le Beau Bai (FR) 66-1 (10-1) Fell 4th, in a race won by Roberto Goldback (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs, 14 ran.
Valley Lad (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Towards rear, mistake 3rd, rider lost iron, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by Goldan Jess (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, stumbled 1st, not fluent 3rd or 5th, behind 7th, some headway from 2 out, no impression, 5th of 9, 34l behind Hi Note (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Sep.
Stow 9-1 (10-2) Chased leaders on inside, lost place approaching 3rd, stayed on from 3 out, no impression before last, 5th of 15, 12l behind Knock A Hand (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Weekend Millionair (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, good headway to track leaders 3 out, went 2nd going well 2 out, led last, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Ballylifen (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Chased leader, hit 6th, ridden and lost 2nd next, soon weakened, behind when fell 3 out, in a race won by Wonderful Charm (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Wayward Glance 11-1 (11-3) Early reminders to lead, ridden along thoughout out, driven and joined flat, headed post, 2nd of 8, ns behind El Dancer (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Corso Palladio (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) In touch, chased leaders after 8th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on before 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 12l behind Madame Jasmine (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
What Er Say 5-1fav (11-12) Mid-division on outside, driven to chase leaders approaching 3 out, ridden next, kept on under pressure flat, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.