3663 First For Food Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 5, 10 runners)
- Winner £1,689 2nd £496 3rd £248 4th £124
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 30.90s
- Off time: 15:40:15
|2nd||9 Whitcombe Spirit||5||25/1|
Morestead (IRE) 7
|7||166 11-12||B G Powell||L P Aspell||95||12/1|
Oscar Flyer (IRE) 269
|5||166 11-12||A W Carroll||Lee Edwards||95||16/1|
Old Magic (IRE) 27
|7||164 11-10||Mrs S Leech||Paul Moloney||93||11/4f|
|10||164 11-10 pt||B J Llewellyn||Robert Williams (5)||93||14/1|
Buddy Love 28
|5||158 11-4||M Keighley||A P Cawley||87||11/2|
Balustrade (IRE) 26
|6||156 11-2 vt||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||85||8/1|
Fran's Folly 278
|6||155 11-1||N P Mulholland||D C Costello||84||8/1|
Whitcombe Spirit 6
|7||146 10-6||D Steele||James Cowley (7)||75||25/1|
|8||145 10-5 p1||B Forsey||W P Kavanagh (3)||74||8/1|
The Omen 8
|6||143 10-3||Mrs Caroline Keevil||T J O'Brien (ex1)||72||5/1|
||6||119||Miss Z C Davison||Gemma Gracey-Davison||92||NR|
||7||Violet Jordan||W T Kennedy||69||NR|
Matrow's Lady (IRE)
||4||11-7||N P Mulholland||James Best||5/1|
Morestead is rated 15lb lower over hurdles than fences but has two ways of running. Both Balustrade and Fran's Folly would have a chance on their best form but Aureate has probably run out of chances, even in this lowly grade, while Timetoring was tailed off over fences when unseating his rider at Chepstow. Bumper winner Buddy Love has shown nothing so far over hurdles so OLD MAGIC is probably the safest option, despite failing to justify favouritism off his new mark at Bangor last month.
Carbis Bay 100-1 (10-7) Led, headed after 4th, chased leader until before 3 out, weakened quickly, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Alaccordion 66-1 (10-8) Chased leaders on outside, reminders after 5th, lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Like Ice (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Aureate 11-2 (10-2) Mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, not fluent when hampered 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on before last, no impression, 5th of 11, 17l behind Stravita (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Whitcombe Spirit 22-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly early, reminder after 4th, outpaced 6th, plugged on to take remote 4th latter stages, 4th of 14, 33l behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Timetoring 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders until lost place 3rd, struggling in last pair 7th, mistake 8th, poor 5th when mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Desperate Dex (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Morestead (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led until after 7th, weakened next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by L'Eldorado (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 9 ran.
The Omen 7-2 (10-5) Took keen hold, chased leader until 5th, chased leaders until weakened 3 out, tailed off when mistake next, 7th of 10, well behind Bathwick Junior (10-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Buddy Love 40-1 (10-10) Towards rear, mistake 4th, tailed off when went right 3 out, 8th of 15, well behind Hidden Identity (11-3) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Oscar Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, well behind 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Politelysed (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Fran's Folly 9-2 (10-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 3rd, hit 6th, closed on winner after 3 out, upsides next, level and every chance when fell last, in a race won by Woodlark Island (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar, 7 ran.
Balustrade (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place 6th, weakening when blundered 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Tisfreetdream (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 18 ran.
Old Magic (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Led to 3rd, in touch, driven to chase leading pair after 3 out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression between last 2, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Lean Burn (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Nov.