Sika Liquid Plastics Seamless Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 53.10s
- Off time: 14:10:29
|1st||5 The Last Night||3/1|
|2nd||1 Sands Cove||½||4/1|
Sands Cove (IRE) 24
|7||166 11-12 t||C J Mann||B J Geraghty||120||4/1|
Vision Des Champs (FR) 16
|5||166 11-12 t1||G L Moore||J E Moore||120||10/1|
|12||165 11-11 h||V R A Dartnall||T J O'Brien||119||7/1|
Un Anjou (FR) 9
|6||161 11-7||David Dennis||M G Nolan (3)||115||9/4f|
The Last Night (FR) 125
|7||158 11-4||Miss E C Lavelle||Aidan Coleman||112||3/1|
Marcus Antonius 26
|7||158 11-4 h||J R Boyle||L P Aspell||112||16/1|
Benny The Swinger (IRE) 15
|9||142 10-2||C Gordon||Tom Cannon||96||8/1|
Quipe Me Posted (FR)
||9||10-7||Miss S Smith||G Sheehan||4/1|
Barry Geraghty's presence on Sands Cove takes the eye and the recent Newbury runner-up should be in the mix. However, Un Anjou may handle today's fast ground better and he's preferred. David Dennis sent out the latter to finish a close-up second at Market Rasen last time but had earlier finished third behind THE LAST NIGHT, who gets the nod. Emma Lavelle's charge made a winning chase debut at Leicester with a couple of subsequent winners behind and there should be plenty more to come from him. Vision Des Champs has a shout if back to his best but Benny The Swinger is facing a tough task upped in class.
The Last Night (FR) 3-1 (11-8) Made virtually all, mistake 1st, ridden after 3 out, 5 lengths clear last, hung left towards finish, just held on, won at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Dec beating Fitandproperjob (9-9) by hd, 5 ran.
Sands Cove (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Chased leading pair, ridden and went 2nd 3 out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 15l behind Prince Of Dreams (11-12) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Benny The Swinger (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Sometimes jumped right, mistake 1st, behind, mistake 3 out, headway and travelling ok on heels of leaders when went badly right and blundered 3 out, no chance after, 6th of 8, 14l behind The Informant (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Un Anjou (FR) 9-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, closed 7th, challenging when not fluent 2 out (normal 3 out), led before last (normal 2 out), headed and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Tayarat (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Vision Des Champs (FR) 33-1 (10-8) Pulled hard, disputed lead until 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 37l behind Manyriverstocross (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Mar.
Marcus Antonius 25-1 (10-13) Last pair, pushed along after 4th, never on terms, tailed off 2 out (normal 3 out), pulled up before last, in a race won by No Buts (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Overclear 5-1 (11-11) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 4th, led 4 out, ridden and headed just before 3 out, held next, beaten when blundered badly last, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Le Bacardy (11-11) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.