MTrec Recruitment & Training Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £5,393 2nd £1,584 3rd £792 4th £396
- Going: Good (G/F places home straight,Good,G/Soft places back straight)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 57.40s
- Off time: 15:25:29
|1st||6 Satanic Beat||9/1|
Stormy Weather (FR) 17
|8||166 11-12 p||B Ellison||Nathan Moscrop (7)||128||8/1|
|5||165 11-11 t||J J Quinn||Dean Pratt (7)||127||9/1|
Dumbarton (IRE) 41
|6||160 11-6||James Moffatt||Craig Nichol (5)||122||11/2|
Circus Star (USA) 70
|6||156 11-2||J E Dixon||Mr J Dixon (7)||118||10/3|
Cool Sky 19
|5||155 11-1||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||117||5/2f|
Satanic Beat (IRE) 102
|5||152 10-12||Jedd O'Keeffe||Brian Harding||114||9/1|
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 19
|5||148 10-8||Miss Lucinda V Russell||D R Fox (5)||110||7/1|
Circus Star went close to landing a hat-trick when runner-up here at the start of the year but has been raised a further 3lb for his trouble. Cool Sky won a lower grade event at Musselburgh last time with Lone Foot Laddie back in third but the latter re-opposes on much better terms and may reverse running. Satanic Beat has been raised 5lb for finishing second at Sedgefield last time while Fisher was tailed off on his first start since 2012 and may be best watched for now. STORMY WEATHER showed signs of a return to form in a recent all-weather bumper. Brian Ellison's dual course and distance winner looks up to scoring off his current mark and can come good again in this.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Chased winner mainly throughout, ridden before 2 out, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Travis County (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Fisher 28-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, well behind Figaro (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Cool Sky 6-4fav (11-8) Held up, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon switched left, challenged last, driven flat, led towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb beating Bellgrove (11-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Circus Star (USA) 4-1 (11-5) Led and soon clear, hit 4th and 5th, blundered 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Sam Lord (11-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Stormy Weather (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Always in rear, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, went modest 4th close home, 4th of 5, 8l behind Earls Quarter (11-0) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, close 3rd last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Cool Sky (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Dumbarton (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, headway 6th, ridden and no impression when not fluent 3 out, 7th of 10, 27l behind Clever Cookie (10-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.