Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 2, 13 runners)
- Winner £12,021 2nd £3,530 3rd £1,765 4th £882
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 18.80s
- Off time: 15:34:36
|1st||3 Top Wood||25/1|
|3rd||10 Wolf Shield||31||20/1|
Open Day (IRE) 126
|8||166 11-12||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||135||10/1|
Top Wood (FR) 388
|7||161 11-7 t1||D Pipe||C O'Farrell||130||25/1|
Chavoy (FR) 19
|9||161 11-7 t||Rebecca Menzies||Tony Kelly (3)||130||14/1|
Flemenson (IRE) 14
|5||161 11-7 p1||Jonjo O'Neill||Maurice Linehan (5)||130||4/1f|
The Knoxs (IRE) 29
|11||158 11-4||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||127||25/1|
Viking Blond (FR) 70
|9||156 11-2 v||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||125||20/1|
San Telm (IRE) 22
|9||155 11-1||Mrs P Robeson||Joshua Moore (3)||124||17/2|
Extreme Impact 28
|8||152 10-12||Evan Williams||Conor Ring (7)||121||11/1|
Wolf Shield (IRE) 31
|7||151 10-11||G M Moore||F Keniry||120||20/1|
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 14
|6||148 10-8||Nick Williams||J M Maguire||117||5/1|
Astigos (FR) 27
|7||148 10-8||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||117||11/2|
Quel Elite (FR) 28
|10||145 10-5 p||James Moffatt||B Hughes||114||12/1|
American Life (FR) 15
|7||141 10-1 vt||A Middleton||Paul Moloney||110||16/1|
||5||1112||G L Moore||2nd Preference||135||NR|
||8||10-0||M Keighley||Ian Popham||7/2|
Open Day suffered a narrow-margin defeat at Chepstow on his latest start in October and has been raised a further 5lb for his trouble. Top Wood has a shout on his return to action, but Chavoy has to cope with a 12lb hike in the weights after scoring at Ayr last month. Wolf Shield has been upped 10lb for his success at Newcastle so the lightly-raced Wetherby winner Flemenson makes more appeal with a conditional's claim helping his cause. Extreme Impact only beat Quel Elite by a neck over track and trip last month and both should give a good account in this, as should Astigos if forgiven a below-par effort at Towcester last time. HORATIO HORNBLOWER returned from a lengthy absence with victory in heavy ground at Ffos Las a fortnight ago. Nick Williams' charge was rated 8lb higher in bumpers and there should be more to come from him.
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.
Top Wood (FR) 8-11fav (11-6) Led at decent pace, going well before 3 out, ridden approaching next, joined between last 2, soon driven, headed appproaching last, one pace flat, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Hollo Ladies (10-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan '13.
Astigos (FR) 15-8fav (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway to go 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 14l behind Oscar Prairie (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Wolf Shield (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Led or disputed lead until 3 out, driven before last, rallied flat, led again towards finish, won at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan beating Romany Ryme (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Quel Elite (FR) 12-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway before 5 out, went 2nd 4 out, ridden and every chance run-in, held close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Extreme Impact (10-6) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Open Day (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Led until 2nd, chased leader, challenged 3 out, led bypassing omitted 2 out, headed last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 12, nk behind Hidden Identity (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
San Telm (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until 3 out, went 2nd again next until flat, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Josies Orders (10-8) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Jan.
Chavoy (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out to chase leaders, led 2 out, pressed last, kept on well towards finish, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Hellorboston (11-6) by 5l, 8 ran.
Extreme Impact 22-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, led last, hard pressed run-in, held on near finish, won at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan beating Quel Elite (10-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Flemenson (IRE) 4-5fav (11-5) Tracked leader on outside, driven and outpaced in 3rd after 4 out, rallied next, upsides 2 out, driven to lead narrowly approaching last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy beating Sir Mangan (11-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
The Knoxs (IRE) 28-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, jumped left 6 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 11, 18l behind Bar De Ligne (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.
Viking Blond (FR) 16-1 (10-4) Made most to 12th, soon lost place, weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, 34l behind De La Bech (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Dec.
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Close up in 3rd, challenged and every chance before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead post, won at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Filatore (11-3) by ns, 9 ran.
American Life (FR) 8-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, raced stand side before last, left 2nd last, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 23l behind Hartforth (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.