England V Usa Handicap 1m 1f 218y
- (4yo+, 1m 1f 218y, Class 5, 13 runners)
- Winner £3,238
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 4.92s
- Off time: 19:00:44
|2nd||5 Visions of Johanna||nk||9/2|
|3rd||9 Welsh Anthem||6||20/1|
Snowed Under 17
|9||133 9-7||J D Bethell||P Robinson||75||12/1|
Taaresh (IRE) 17
|5||133 9-7||K A Morgan||P Makin||75||4/1f|
West End Lad 35
|7||132 9-6 b||S R Bowring||Lee Topliss (7)||74||18/1|
Silent Oasis 18
|4||132 9-6||J S Moore||Ross Atkinson (5)||74||25/1|
Visions of Johanna (USA) 11
|5||128 9-2||Ian Williams||T Hamilton||70||9/2|
Celtic Dragon 626
|5||127 9-1||Mrs A J Perrett||E Ahern||69||17/2|
|4||127 9-1||P W Hiatt||Laura Pike (7)||69||17/2|
|8||124 8-12||B P J Baugh||Jack Mitchell||66||8/1|
Welsh Anthem 39
|4||124 8-12 p1||W R Muir||Hayley Turner||66||20/1|
Orpen Wide (IRE) 18
|8||123 8-11 b||M C Chapman||Kelly Harrison (3)||65||40/1|
Sceilin (IRE) 26
|6||123 8-11 t||J Mackie||J P Sullivan (5)||65||7/1|
|4||118 8-6 p||C G Cox||T P O'Shea||60||17/2|
Paint The Town Red 33
|5||114 8-2||H J Collingridge||Louis Beuzelin (3)||53||50/1|
Dancing Jest (IRE)
||5||8-8||Rae Guest||M Dwyer||9/4|
The bigger field today should suit TAARESH and Kevin Morgan's gelding gets the vote over Visions Of Johanna, Scamperdale and Celtic Dragon. The last-named is intriguing as he hasn't been seen for 626 days so Amanda Perrett's charge needs a market check off this mark of 69. Preference though is for Taaresh who was a solid winner at Hamilton in May before finishing well-held at Beverley last time. A strong pace to chase may prove to be the key today and on ground that suits he can run well. Snowed Under is a well-handicapped course and distance winner but he was another seven lengths behind the selection at Hamilton, West End Lad paid with the handicapper for wins at Pontefract and Nottingham in April, whilst Silent Oasis is better than a Chepstow flop last time might suggest. Visions Of Johanna was well-backed when winning at Haydock so he needs a market check, Scamperdale is 4lb higher than his win here twelve days ago, whilst Sceilin still looks fairly treated and is not ignored with a good claimer booked for the ride. At the foot of the weights Singbella and Paint The Town Red are not ignored, despite the latter being out of the weights, however preference in a tricky handicap is for Taaresh.
Scamperdale 9-1 (8-10) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, soon clear, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Folio (8-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Visions of Johanna (USA) 5-1 (9-7) In touch, headway to 3rd 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to reach unchallenged winner, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind King's Counsel (8-4) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Welsh Anthem 11-2 (9-1) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, eased when no chance final furlong, 10th of 11, 14l behind Very Well Red (8-13) at Bath 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd in May.
Sceilin (IRE) 28-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Feathered Crown (8-12) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Snowed Under 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders on outer, led briefly after 3f, tracked winner, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Submariner (9-1) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Singbella 10-1 (9-2) Always prominent, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, led 1f out, headed close home, 3rd of 15, hd behind Noah Jameel (8-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Waahej 25-1 (8-2) Pulled hard, raced wide towards rear, ridden on outside 3f out, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 9l behind Jo'burg (8-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Paint The Town Red 16-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 7l behind Cozy Tiger (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Orpen Wide (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden over 4f out and outpaced, kept on entering final furlong, never able to challenge, 8th of 14, 13l behind Northern Acres (8-6) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Taaresh (IRE) 9-2 (8-3) Held up towards rear, soon in rear, headway on inside well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind Submariner (9-1) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Silent Oasis 11-4fav (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden and outpaced when edged right 2f out, soon no impression, beaten when eased inside final furlong, last of 7, 14l behind King's Masque (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
West End Lad 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, swiched right over 2f out, faded final furlong, 16th of 18, 15l behind Come And Go (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Celtic Dragon 16-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden along over 2f out, no impression on leaders, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 4th of 10, 6l behind Greylami (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp (4) gf in Sep '08.