Mixed Marriage Handicap Chase 3m 2f
- (5yo+, 3m 2f, Class 5, 3 runners)
- Winner £2,274 2nd £668 3rd £334 4th £167
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 33.90s
- Off time: 14:10:28
|1st||4 Quartz Du Montceau||9/4|
Beware Chalk Pit (IRE) 42
|9||166 11-12||J A Geake||M D Grant||94||5/4f|
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 3
|9||158 11-4 p||N P Mulholland||D C Costello||86||2/1|
Quartz Du Montceau (FR) 27
|9||151 10-11 b||Mrs D Grissell||M Goldstein||79||9/4|
||9||117||Mrs L C Jewell||A Thornton||89||NR|
||8||10-4||Mrs J Mason||Felix De Giles||6/1|
Beware Chalk Pit had QUARTZ DU MONTCEAU 30 lengths adrift when scoring over C&D six weeks ago but the latter was making his seasonal reappearance that day and has since battled to a game victory at Folkestone. Diana Grissell's gelding is also 6lb better off now and is fancied to turn the table and land this. Hobb's Dream has become disappointing and was well-beaten over hurdles at Sedgefield on Friday while Red Anchor has shown very little so far over fences or hurdles.
Red Anchor (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 4th, hard ridden 4 out, soon weakened, last of 7, well behind Award Winner (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Oct.
Quartz Du Montceau (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Made all, ridden approaching 13th, ridden clear before 2 out, joined and strongly pressed flat, battled on gamely and pulled out extra in closing stages, won at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec beating Mr Valentino (11-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Beware Chalk Pit (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching 13th, chased leader 4 out, led 2 out, stayed on well from last,, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Dushy Valley (10-6) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Hobb's Dream (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Gwladys Street (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.