Direct Mortgages Mares' Handicap Chase 2m 4f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,054 2nd £897 3rd £448 4th £224
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 54.00s
- Off time: 12:30:42
|1st||5 Midnight Macarena||11/8f|
Entertain Me 30
|8||166 11-12||R Dickin||C Poste||111||15/8|
Miss Kalifa (IRE) 18
|5||165 11-11||P Bowen||J E Moore||110||5/1|
Evella (IRE) 11
|8||154 11-0||N B King||Alex Merriam||99||7/1|
Midnight Macarena 24
|7||154 11-0 p||Mrs L Wadham||L P Aspell||99||11/8f|
||7||114||C Grant||K Renwick||103||NR|
Only five face the starter here but it's still a tricky puzzle to solve. Miss Kalifa was beaten a long way when third at Ludlow but will know more today and is less exposed than the luckless Overyou and Evella, who is struggling to last home in her races. Midnight Macarena has been dropped 3lb since finishing second at Fakenham but was beaten 20 lengths and has become a little disappointing. ENTERTAIN ME needs to improve on her victory over a shorter trip here last month but that was her debut over the larger obstacles and she's entitled to do so. Robin Dickin's mare can follow up.
Overyou 3-1 (10-13) Close up, ridden before last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Leac An Scail (11-0) at Hexham 4m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Midnight Macarena 2-1fav (10-8) Held up in touch in rear, went 3rd 13th, mistake next, chased winner 4 out, ridden and outpaced 2 out, 2nd of 5, 20l behind Misstree Dancer (11-10) at Fakenham 3m Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs in Nov.
Evella (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Pressed leader, pecked 2nd, led 4th until next, led again 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, well held before 2 out, weakened to 3rd before last, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Inthejungle (11-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Miss Kalifa (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, jumped left and bumped 1st, chased winner next, mistake 5th, lost 2nd 7th, no impression on front pair after 12th, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 9, 38l behind Carrigmorna King (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Entertain Me 11-8fav (11-0) Led or disputed lead throughout, driven 3 lengths clear approaching last, pushed out flat, won at Bangor 2m 1f Mares Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Nov beating Double Silver (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 4 ran.