totepool Valentine's Day Selling Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,053 2nd £598 3rd £299
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 23.72s
- Off time: 13:15:20
|2nd||2 Slaney Star||3½||2/1j|
Cappielow Park 11
|5||166 11-12 p||Mrs F Hawes||Mikey Ennis (7)||100||4/1|
Slaney Star (IRE) 79
|6||165 11-11||Jim Best||A P McCoy||99||2/1j|
County Zen (FR) 22
|11||158 11-4 b||C Fryer||Harry Skelton||92||8/1|
Collingbourneducis (IRE) 26
|4||153 10-13||M Gates||Miss A Stirling (7)||97||12/1|
Powertakeoff (IRE) 45
|6||144 10-4||Henry Oliver||P J Brennan||78||2/1j|
Scolt Head Island 22
|8||140 10-0 b1||Mrs Caroline Bailey||David England||74||25/1|
Mad Professor (IRE) 75
|11||140 10-0 b||J R Cornwall||Joseph Cornwall (5)||62||66/1|
||8||A Dunn||Aidan Coleman||74||NR|
||8||11-5||Mrs A L M King||T Messenger||3/1|
A P McCoy has a terrific strike rate when riding for Jim Best and the pair can coninue their successful partnership with SLANEY STAR. Placed in a bumper here last June, this is the six-year-old's first appearance in a seller and he's almost certain to attract market support. Cappielow Park certainly has claims on recent seconds here and at Market Rasen and has the beating of veteran County Zen on the form book. The ex-Irish Powertakeoff may be best of the rest as the remainder often struggle to raise a gallop.
Hunky Dorey 100-1 (10-5) Mistake 2nd, always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out (usual 3 out), in a race won by It's A Doddle (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Powertakeoff (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, blundered 3 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 12, 33l behind Mudita Moment (11-4) at Warwick 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Slaney Star (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place before 3rd, not fluent 5th, hit next, soon ridden, well beaten from 7th, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Junction Fourteen (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Cappielow Park 7-1 (11-5) With leader, led 4th, headed before 4 out, led 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 8, 19l behind Whispering Harry (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Collingbourneducis (IRE) 150-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Pink Gin (11-4) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
County Zen (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leader until 2nd, chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, dropped to rear after next, tailed off 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Campbonnais (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Scolt Head Island 150-1 (11-4) Led until approaching 6th, weakened rapidly, tailed off and pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Slipper Satin (10-4) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Mad Professor (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) In touch, dropped to rear 4th, lost touch after 11th, 5th of 6, well behind Crescent Beach (11-3) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Dec.