Ladbrokes Handicap 1m 141y
- (4yo+, 1m 141y, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £7,439 2nd £2,214 3rd £1,106 4th £553
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 49.23s
- Off time: 14:42:26
|1st||6 Star Links||3/1f|
Frontier Fighter (ex6) 8
|6||139 9-13||D O'Meara||Sam James (3)||93||5/1|
Cockney Class (USA) 197
|7||128 9-2||Dave Roberts||P Aspell||88||33/1|
Yojojo (IRE) 15
|5||128 9-2||Miss Gay Kelleway||David Probert||88||8/1|
Dixie's Dream (IRE) 32
|5||126 9-0 h||W Jarvis||G Lee||86||4/1|
Stasio (USA) 32
|4||125 8-13 h||D M Simcock||L P Keniry||86||10/1|
Star Links (USA) 30
|8||124 8-12 b||S Donohoe||L Morris||84||3/1f|
|7||124 8-12||P A Kirby||J P Spencer||84||10/1|
Lions Arch (IRE) 13
|4||123 8-11||R Hannon||K T O'Neill||84||7/2|
Silverware (USA) 17
|6||122 8-10||Kristin Stubbs||T Eaves||82||14/1|
Frontier Fighter runs with a 6lb penalty for his recent Southwell victory though his young rider claims half of that back. He should go well but YOJOJO gets the vote. She landed a handicap here last March off 55 and is now 33lb higher thanks to several fine runs, including when landing a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket in October. But she last ran a fortnight ago in a Deauville Listed race and this is a huge drop in class. Dixie's Dream won a Kempton handicap in November but found stepping up in grade beyond him on a return visit. Silverware has won seven races but is 5lb higher than his latest and may struggle at the weights particularly as he was six lengths behind Star Links, who looks the main threat, here in November. Brigadoon completed a double on Turf in mid-summer then found 2m1f much too far at Doncaster while Lions Arch is lightly-raced and has plenty of scope to do better.
Star Links (USA) 14-1 (8-3) Mid-division, driven and effort when not much room and hampered inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 12, 5l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Silverware (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Berlusca (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Stasio (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division,went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 29l behind String Theory (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Dixie's Dream (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 12l behind String Theory (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Yojojo (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) 14th of 16, 9l behind L'amour De Ma Vie (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) in Dec.
Frontier Fighter 9-4 (9-4) Made all, hard driven over 1f out, ran on well, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs beating The Lock Master (8-7) by 1l, 5 ran.
Lions Arch (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Oblitereight (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Cockney Class (USA) 28-1 (9-7) Awkwardly away in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Awake My Soul (9-6) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Brigadoon 3-1 (9-13) Held up in rear and keen, headway over 1f out, kept on well to take 2nd place close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Shwaiman (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.