Clyde And Solway Systems Limited Racing Excellence 'Hands And Heels' Finale Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals/Amateurs) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 11 runners)
- Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 57.51s
- Off time: 13:31:05
|2nd||8 Final Assault||14||15/2|
|3rd||6 Titus Bolt||13||9/1|
Call Box (IRE) 101
|9||166 11-12 p||S R B Crawford||Mr B G Crawford (3)||128||8/1|
Granaruid (IRE) 27
|11||162 11-8 p||Mrs A C Hamilton||Thomas Cheesman||124||20/1|
Silsol (GER) 55
|5||162 11-8 pt||P F Nicholls||Jack Sherwood||124||7/2f|
Dartford Warbler (IRE) 15
|7||160 11-6||Mrs S J Smith||Daragh Bourke||122||12/1|
|4||157 11-3 p||J P Ferguson||Charlie Deutsch||126||5/1|
Titus Bolt (IRE) 36
|5||155 11-1||J S Goldie||Conor Ring||117||9/1|
Divers (FR) 25
|10||155 11-1 b||D McCain Jnr||Mr James Cowley||117||14/1|
Final Assault 35
|5||151 10-11 h||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Mr S Fox||113||15/2|
Mubrook (USA) 15
|9||149 10-9 b||B Ellison||Craig Gallagher||111||8/1|
Northern Oscar (IRE) 21
|6||143 10-3||M Walford||Mr Joshua Newman (3)||105||8/1|
Haughtons Bridge (IRE) 14
|6||140 10-0||J J Lambe||L A McKenna||99||33/1|
||8||11-7||B Ellison||Craig Gallagher||13/2|
Mubrook won this last year off a 5lb higher mark but hasn't reached the same heights since. Titus Bolt has won once and been placed in his last three starts here over 2m but may not be suited by the step up in distance as he can be a hard-puller. DIVERS was more than 10 lengths behind Call Box at Musselburgh in January but is now 13lb better off, which could be enough to turn the tables. Donald McCain's grey should be capable of going close off today's mark and jockey James Cowley rode the winner of this a couple of years ago. Aalim was given plenty to do at Ascot last time and is still unexposed but the handicapper may have got to Granaruid and Silsol has been frustrating so far.
Silsol (GER) 5-2fav (10-11) Chased leaders on outside, led 10f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, ridden and not pace of winner inside final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Presenting Arms (10-9) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Final Assault 5-2 (11-7) In rear, went 3rd 4 out, headway to chase winner before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Plus Jamais (11-7) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Mar.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 5-6fav (11-8) Led, pressed 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Avidity (11-1) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Mubrook (USA) 10-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 34l behind Watt Broderick (10-4) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Dartford Warbler (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, outpaced 3rd, closed from 5th, ridden after 4 out, went 2nd from 3 out until 2 out, not fluent last, no extra flat, 4th of 5, 8l behind Bygones Of Brid (10-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Divers (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, soon led, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Feast Of Fire (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, blundered next, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, 47l behind Bellorophon (10-11) at Kelso 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Call Box (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 5 out, led after 4 out, clear 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan beating Los Nadis (11-8) by 8l, 7 ran.
Granaruid (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar beating Island Heights (11-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Haughtons Bridge (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, soon behind, tailed off when fell last, in a race won by Mozoltov (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs hvy in Mar, 8 ran.
Aalim 5-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 8l behind Raven's Tower (11-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.