Great British Drama Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 2, 15 runners)
- Winner £24,760 2nd £7,352 3rd £3,676 4th £1,832 5th £920 6th £464 7th £232 8th £112
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 3.30s
- Off time: 15:15:40
|1st||11 Kaylif Aramis||11/2|
|2nd||10 Art Professor||5||16/1|
|3rd||7 Leo Luna||7||25/1|
Stopped Out 49
|9||166 11-12 p||P A Kirby||R McGrath||143||25/1|
Two Rockers (IRE) 84
|7||165 11-11||A King||R Thornton||142||11/2|
Foxcub (IRE) 35
|6||160 11-6||T Symonds||Benjamin Poste (5)||137||50/1|
Like Minded 35
|10||160 11-6 t||D Skelton||Harry Skelton||137||15/2|
Lough Kent 112
|5||159 11-5||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||136||15/2|
Leo Luna 119
|5||158 11-4||G L Moore||J E Moore||135||25/1|
Changing The Guard 198
|8||158 11-4 t||Dr R D P Newland||Christopher Ward (5)||135||33/1|
Dan Breen (IRE) 56
|9||155 11-1 bt||D Pipe||Tom Bellamy (7)||132||25/1|
Art Professor (IRE) 9
|10||155 11-1||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||132||16/1|
Kaylif Aramis 35
|7||154 11-0 t||N A Twiston-Davies||Ryan Hatch (7)||131||11/2|
Seymour Eric 22
|9||153 10-13 b1||M Keighley||Ian Popham||130||33/1|
Kuilsriver (IRE) 15
|7||149 10-9||N J Gifford||Thomas Garner (5)||126||25/1|
Heath Hunter (IRE) 51
|7||148 10-8 p1||D Pipe||T Scudamore||125||5/1f|
|8||148 10-8 b||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||125||7/1|
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 16
|8||147 10-7 p||D Pipe||Kieron Edgar (7)||124||8/1|
||5||119||P F Nicholls||Non Runner||140||NR|
||6||10-3||N J Gifford||Thomas Garner||33/1|
This looks wide-open and the last two winners take their chance again. Kuilsriver, successful 12 months ago, hasn't shown much in two runs this term but 2012 winner BOURNE has been knocking on the door and still looks well handicapped. Donald McCain's grey races off the same mark as two years ago and it's very hard to knock to form of his latest third over today's course and distance as the winner Irish Saint finished third in last week's betfair Hurdle and the second was placed in a hot handicap at Exeter the following day. Easy Taunton winner Virak will be helped by Jack Sherwood's claim and has more to offer while jockey bookings suggest the progressive Heath Hunter is the pick of David Pipe's trio. Like Minded had Foxcub behind when third in the Lanzarote at Kempton and that's another race that's working out well but the rejuvenated Stopped Out may be too high in the weights now and Two Rockers will probably going over fences sooner rather than later.
Virak (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Led until 1st, with leader, not fluent 3rd, mistake 3 out, drew well clear approaching 2 out, kept up to work, stayed on, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan beating Sustainability (10-11) by 42l, 5 ran.
Kaylif Aramis 7-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, blundered 3rd, went 2nd 6th, bumped 4 out, led briefy before 2 out, chased leaders, weakened before left in modest 5th at the last, 5th of 13, 19l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Art Professor (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Prideofthecastle (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Leo Luna 16-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 4th, headed after next, awkward 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Sametegal (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Heath Hunter (IRE) 4-11fav (10-5) Made all, clear when field came into view briefly after 3rd, unchallenged when came into view again after 3 out, stayed on well (no time taken, poor visibility), won at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Make Me A Fortune (10-12) by 10l, 10 ran.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Led and clear after 2nd until approaching 5th, ridden and headed after 3 out, outpaced before next, rallied to 3rd at the last, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Alder Mairi (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Seymour Eric 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd or 4th, headway before 8th, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, 7th of 9, 27l behind Josies Orders (10-8) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Like Minded 16-1 (11-2) Raced wide, held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, ridden and went 2nd after 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd run in, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Foxcub (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd and jumped right 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden and headed before next, weakened 2 out, 6th of 13, 24l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Changing The Guard 13-2 (11-9) Led, ridden and headed after last, under pressure in 3rd straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Rebel Fitz (11-9) at Galway 2m 1f nov chs hvy in Aug.
Bourne 5-1 (10-4) Chased leaders in 4th, hit 6th, pushed along and lost place after 7th, soon driven along and outpaced, rallied and stayed on again from 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) hvy in Jan.
Stopped Out 8-1 (11-12) Led and set steady pace, increased tempo from 4th, came to stand's side after 3 out, joined 2 out, soon headed, one pace and no impression when dropped to 3rd between last 2, kept on pressing for 2nd, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Whisper (11-8) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Lough Kent (10-7) 6th of 9, 10l behind Horabora Has (10-5) at Enghien(FR) 2m 3f Listed chs (1) hvy in Oct.
Dan Breen (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Chased leader until 4th, chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, weakened soon after, 9th of 20, 24l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Kuilsriver (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, ridden and lost place 8f out, well beaten final 5f, 12th of 13, well behind Domtaline (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Two Rockers (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, effort 2 out, weakened last, 9th of 17, 16l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.