Blue Square Bet Handicap 1m
- (3yo, 1m, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 28.72s
- Off time: 15:40:24
|1st||1 King George River||6/4f|
|2nd||3 Henry The Aviator||hd||2/1|
King George River (IRE) 14
|3||134 9-8||A Bailey||Robert Tart (7)||86||6/4f|
Gabrial The Boss (USA) 14
|3||124 8-12 t||D M Simcock||Jim Crowley||76||12/1|
Henry The Aviator (USA) 18
|3||123 8-11||M Johnston||J Fanning||75||2/1|
Great Demeanor (USA) 13
|3||123 8-11||D R C Elsworth||Andrea Atzeni||75||8/1|
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 14
|3||122 8-10||C Allen||Ryan Tate (7)||74||12/1|
|3||122 8-10||A M Balding||Hayley Turner||74||6/1|
||3||9-7||R Varian||D Fox||9/2|
All of these are winners but top weight KING GEORGE RIVER has the best form to date. He was only beaten a nose in similar company here a fortnight ago and an apprentice's 7lb claim could give him the edge in this. Gabrial The Boss has plenty to make up with the selection on latest running while Ningara failed to land the odds on his handicap debut having won at Kempton before that. Henry The Aviator, Great Demeanor and Rouge Nuage are all recent maiden winners with the former making most appeal after scoring on his debut at Wolverhampton.
King George River (IRE) 5-4fav (9-6) Dwelt, tracked leading trio, quick move on outside to lead over 2f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no extra and headed post, 2nd of 5, ns behind Infinite Magic (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Henry The Aviator (USA) 9-4fav (9-5) Dwelt keen early close up, progress and ran green over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Bouyrin (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Great Demeanor (USA) 7-4 (8-10) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol beating Kabbaas (8-10) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 3-1 (8-0) Held up, headway on inside to 3rd 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ran on to lead final 110 yards, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol beating Aryal (8-7) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Ningara 4-5fav (9-7) Led, driven 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 3, 2 1/2l behind Smileswithhiseyes (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Gabrial The Boss (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Held up last, headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading pair, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 5, 7l behind Infinite Magic (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) pol.