Book William Hill Winter Festival Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Series Qualifier) 1m 2f
- (3yo+, 1m 2f, Class 5, 11 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 5.49s
- Off time: 18:00:23
|1st||10 Exclusive Waters||2/1f|
|2nd||2 Woolston Ferry||nse||10/1|
|3rd||11 Jamaica Grande||2||16/1|
Whitby Jet (IRE) 19
|5||138 9-12||E F Vaughan||Cameron Hardie (7)||70||9/1|
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 18
|7||135 9-9||H Candy||D Sweeney||67||10/1|
Precision Five 14
|4||134 9-8 p||J Gask||A Kirby||66||8/1|
Cool Hand Jake 38
|7||134 9-8||B De Haan||S J Drowne||66||14/1|
Bravestar (IRE) 33
|3||131 9-5||D R Lanigan||G Baker||70||12/1|
Claude Monet 24
|4||131 9-5||S Dow||S Sanders||63||20/1|
Everlasting Light 29
|3||129 9-3||L M Cumani||R Havlin||68||10/1|
Compton Bird 9
|4||127 9-1 h||H Adielsson||Robert Tart (3)||59||8/1|
My Manekineko 25
|4||124 8-12||J R Jenkins||P Cosgrave||56||9/1|
Exclusive Waters (IRE) 3
|3||124 8-12||W J Knight||J Quinn||63||2/1f|
Jamaica Grande 10
|5||124 8-12||D Morris||William Carson||53||16/1|
||3||9-3||Sir Michael Stoute||P Dobbs||5/2|
Plenty with claims in this including recent course and distance winner Jamaica Grade. My Manekineko finished ahead of Exclusive Waters when fourth at Leicester last time while Compton Bird was an easy winner over 1m3f here last week but has been upped 8lb for that success. Precision Five couldn't cope with a 9lb rise for winning at Bath and was well beaten back at the same track but Cool Hand Jake is worth another try at this longer trip on only his second start of the year. EVERLASTING NIGHT had an off-day at Newbury last time but she gets another chance on her handicap debut given she'd shown some promise before that.
Exclusive Waters (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Towards rear and reminders, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 13, hd behind Silver Lace (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stide, held up in rear, pushed along on outside 3f out, headway over 1f out, went 4th and edged left inside final furlong, no threat, 4th of 8, 5l behind Lowther (10-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Jamaica Grande 16-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, steady headway on inside over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol beating Nepalese Pearl (8-11) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Precision Five 5-2fav (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and carried head high over 3f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on, nearest finish, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Bold Cross (9-11) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Aug.
Everlasting Light 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 21l behind Bonanza Creek (8-13) at Newbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
My Manekineko 12-1 (9-7) Keen close up, effort on inside over 2f out, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Ana Shababiya (8-7) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Whitby Jet (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt behind, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 6l behind Lunar Deity (9-13) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Claude Monet 10-1 (9-7) Dwelt keen close up, ridden 3f out, kept on to go 3rd final furlong, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Remix (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Compton Bird 7-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, good headway over 1f out, soon ridden, led entering final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol beating Lucky Black Star (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Cool Hand Jake 14-1 (10-0) Towards rear and outpaced, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, just held near finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Tevez (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Bravestar (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) Mid-division on outer, riden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 17l behind Mallory Heights (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.