Dormansland Handicap Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,970 2nd £1,157 3rd £579
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 53.40s
- Off time: 15:35:16
|1st||1 Double Dash||6/4f|
Double Dash 27
|9||166 11-12||George Baker||Trevor Whelan (5)||110||6/4f|
Presented (IRE) 16
|6||161 11-7||G McPherson||O Garner (10)||105||9/4|
Itoldyou (IRE) 19
|7||158 11-4||Mrs L C Jewell||A Thornton||102||6/1|
Salut Honore (FR) 15
|7||155 11-1||A M Hales||W Kennedy||99||3/1|
||9||117 t||F Brennan||Thomas Garner||105||NR|
Presented is still a maiden under Rules but has gone close on a couple of occasions. However, he was well beaten when third under similar conditions at Taunton last time. SALUT HONORE is a real mudlark, as he showed when winning by a wide margin at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve. He's getting weight form his four rivals and can follow up here with the in-form Dunkelly Castle yet to prove himself on heavy going and Double Dash trying 3m for the first time under a welter burden. Itoldyou has won between the flags and was thrown in at the deep end on his chasing debut but may need more time.
Dunkelly Castle (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) In rear, jumped slow 3rd, headway before 14th, soon chased leader, led before 2 out, soon clear, not fluent last, stayed on strongly, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Pacha D'Oudairies (11-12) by 3l, 8 ran.
Double Dash 5-2fav (11-1) In touch, mistake 9th, headway to 3rd approaching 11th, went 2nd approaching and not fluent 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Sustainability (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Itoldyou (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) In rear, well behind 6th, last of 5, well behind Simonsig (11-8) at Kempton 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Presented (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Held up in touch, outpaced 3 out (usual 4 out), soon ridden, plugged on to take moderate 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 20l behind No Secrets (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Salut Honore (FR) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 13th, led 4 out, clear 2 out, easily, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec beating Landenstown Star (12-0) by 43l, 4 ran.