Betdaq 3% Commission Handicap 7f
- (4yo+, 7f, Class 3, 8 runners)
- Winner £7,439 2nd £2,214 3rd £1,106 4th £553
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 32.47s
- Off time: 15:52:13
|1st||2 Best Of Order||4/1|
|2nd||10 Personal Touch||2¼||5/1|
|3rd||1 Life Partner||1||12/1|
Life Partner (IRE) 220
|4||133 9-7 h||C Appleby||M Barzalona||93||12/1|
Best Of Order (IRE) 218
|7||132 9-6||D O'Meara||D Nolan||92||4/1|
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 16
|5||130 9-4||M Botti||M M Monaghan (5)||90||3/1f|
Corporal Maddox 9
|7||129 9-3||R Harris||S J Drowne||89||15/2|
Alejandro (IRE) 210
|5||128 9-2||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||88||6/1|
Henry The Aviator (USA) 289
|4||128 9-2||M Johnston||F Norton||88||7/1|
Tasrih (USA) 14
|5||124 8-12||A J McCabe||B A Curtis||84||10/1|
Personal Touch 175
|5||120 8-8||R A Fahey||P Mathers||80||5/1|
||4||95||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||91||NR|
||4||h||D H Brown||S M Levey||86||NR|
||4||9-3||M Botti||A Kirby||12/1|
Any strong support for Life Partner on his return could prove significant while Best Of Order won six times when trained in France and an eighth in last year's Bunbury Cup suggests he's fairly handicapped. Tasrih has a tougher task than when winning at Southwell a fortnight ago but Azrur ran well in this grade at Musselburgh last time. Corporal Maddox may have the edge on the likes of Henry The Aviator and Equity Risk as the latter pair return to action, but another chance goes to FOXTROT ROMEO. He's come in for support in a couple of hot handicaps at Newbury and Haydock since joining Marco Botti and it could be his turn today with a 5lb claimer helping his cause.
Equity Risk (USA) 11-8fav (9-6) Mid-division, chased leaders in 3rd over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Altharoos (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Azrur (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 3f out, improved over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 2l behind That's Plenty (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Best Of Order (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) 15th of 19, 4l behind A Ready Dream (8-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m hcp sft in Oct.
Personal Touch 7-1 (9-3) Keen mid-division, hung badly left 5f out, unrideable, eased from halfway, last of 9, 34l behind Al's Memory (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Life Partner (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 1f out, not troubled leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Consign (9-1) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Alejandro (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 12, 4l behind Chookie Royale (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Oct.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, headway under pressure chasing leaders over 1f out, no impression in 4th when hung left inside final furlong, weakened, 6th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Yourartisonfire (7-12) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Corporal Maddox 20-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Right Touch (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Henry The Aviator (USA) 17-2 (8-8) Led, headed 4f out, chased leader until over 3f out, stayed chasing leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 13, 17l behind Yeager (8-3) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Tasrih (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden 2f out, all out, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Apr beating Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.