Golf & Racing At Lingfield Park Resort Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,259 2nd £658 3rd £329
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 32.70s
- Off time: 14:30:22
|1st||4 Little Jimmy||7/4f|
Evella (IRE) 32
|9||166 11-12 pt||N B King||Alex Merriam||98||7/1|
Owner Occupier 29
|8||158 11-4||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||90||7/1|
|7||147 10-7||S A Harris||Trevor Whelan (5)||79||11/4|
Little Jimmy 56
|6||142 10-2||T R Gretton||Felix de Giles||74||7/4f|
Sablazo (FR) 48
|7||140 10-0||Andrew Turnell||James Banks (7)||70||9/2|
Tchang Goon (FR) 28
|9||140 10-0 p||Miss Z C Davison||Gemma Gracey-Davison (5)||59||16/1|
Little Jimmy would have probably finished second behind Sulpius at Folkestone in December had he not fallen at the last but it's impossible to have much faith in last month's Fakenham winner Evella, who was pulled up earlier in a Fontwell race in which Sablazo refused at the last when beaten behind Join The Navy. Owner Occupier finished second that day but reverted to type at Plumpton next time and is another struggling for his best form. Considering he was a 50/1 shot, RICHO ran well for a long way behind Module at Leicester on his chasing bow and hasn't been disgraced on the all-weather since. He probably wouldn't need to find much to win this as Tchang Goon will again carry much more than his allotted weight.
Little Jimmy 7-2 (10-13) Held up in touch, headway to 3rd approaching 11th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and 2 lengths down when fell last, in a race won by Sulpius (12-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec, 6 ran.
Richo 50-1 (10-9) Held up, not fluent 7th, hit next, soon closed, every chance 3 out, mistake next, no extra before last, 3rd of 5, 22l behind Module (11-7) at Leicester 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Jan.
Tchang Goon (FR) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leading trio, went 3rd under pressure after 3 out, went 2nd approaching next, no chance with winner between last 2, went left last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Dynamic Idol (11-9) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Sablazo (FR) 5-1 (9-10) Held up, headway to 4th at 6th, went 3rd soon after 4 out, disputing 2nd next until blundered 2 out, 3rd and well held when refused last, in a race won by Join The Navy (9-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Owner Occupier 11-2 (11-5) Held up in last pair, stumbled 7th, ridden and strruggling before 4 out, stayed on to modest 4th approaching last, 4th of 7, 11l behind Upton Mead (9-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Evella (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led, clear after 1st, not fluent 6th, headed after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 7, 30l behind Bobby Dove (9-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.