Weatherbys Private Banking Novices' Handicap Chase 3m 1f
- (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 2, 9 runners)
- Winner £19,494 2nd £5,724 3rd £2,862 4th £1,431
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 34.18s
- Off time: 17:00:24
|2nd||4 King Of The Wolds||19||15/2|
|3rd||7 Kentford Legend||13||5/1|
|8||166 11-12||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||134||16/1|
Tony Star (FR) 21
|7||165 11-11||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||133||5/1|
Bit Of A Jig (IRE) 46
|7||164 11-10 p1||D McCain Jnr||A P McCoy||132||6/1|
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 43
|7||159 11-5||J M Jefferson||B Hughes||127||15/2|
|8||156 11-2||Mrs H O Graham||J Reveley||124||6/1|
Kentford Legend 20
|7||154 11-0||J W Mullins||A Thornton||122||5/1|
|7||148 10-8||A C Whillans||E Whillans (3)||116||7/2f|
Presented (IRE) 24
|7||144 10-4 p||B Ellison||T Scudamore||112||8/1|
Butney Boy (IRE) 20
|8||140 10-0 p||C A McBratney||B R Dalton (3)||108||14/1|
||7||N G Richards||Brian Harding||122||NR|
||7||10-0||A M Thomson||P Buchanan||12/1|
Bit Of A Jig and Scotswell are likely to set a strong gallop and that could catch out a few of these. Kentford Legend also won over this trip last time but not without a few alarms and whether he'll be good enough to defy an 8lb higher mark is open to debate. Tony Star's jumping has left a lot to be desired so far but King Of The Wolds is starting to come down the weights again, though this will be the first time he's been asked to go beyond 2m6f. SAMSTOWN has bags of stamina and could have the race run to suit. He went close over course and distance last time having just fallen short over 3m4f at Wincanton earlier and might still be well handicapped. Butney Boy and Presented look best of the rest.
Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, effort 3 out, soon weakened, modest 4th, 4th of 5, 30l behind Chapolimoss (10-10) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Samstown 11-8fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 10th, went 2nd before 5 out, every chance 2 out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Mister Philson (10-1) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 6-4fav (11-9) Tracked leader, ridden and effort after 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair approaching last, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 5, 10l behind Shadows Lengthen (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Feb.
Kentford Legend 5-4fav (11-12) Tended to jump right, made all, slowed into and hit 4 out, looked pressed when went right and hit 3 out, came clear from next, stayed on strongly, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating Jayandbee (11-9) by 7l, 5 ran.
Butney Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-11) Towards rear and slighly hampered 1st, soon mid-division, ridden into 7th before 3 out, moderate 4th 3 out, kept on to 3rd 2 out, no impression leaders, kept on one pace, 3rd of 15, 20l behind Hidden Horizons (10-3) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 sft in Mar.
Tony Star (FR) 4-1fav (11-0) Raced awkwardy, jumped left and hung left most of way, towards rear, blundered 4th, headway to 5th when mistake 12th, went modest 2nd and went left 2 out, went left again last, no chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 8, 12l behind Pepite Rose (11-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Mar.
Scotswell 7-1 (10-5) With leaders, led 6th to 11th, led again after next, made rest, hard pressed 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, in command towards finish, won at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar beating Fentara (10-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Pinerolo 15-2 (11-4) Always in rear, reminder after 2nd, blundered 6th, struggling 11th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bold Chief (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Bit Of A Jig (IRE) 11-8 (11-7) Made all, pushed along when not fluent 6th, hard driven approaching 3 out, driven clear next, stayed on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs in Feb beating Dursey Sound (11-7) by 2l, 2 ran.
Presented (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 10th, chased winnner 5 out, ridden before 3 out, kept on and always held run-in, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Bennys Well (11-0) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.