Opus Energy Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase 3m 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 3, 10 runners)
- Winner £11,992 2nd £3,746 3rd £1,872 4th £936 5th £468 6th £236
- Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 30.70s
- Off time: 13:05:18
|1st||9 Handy Andy||15/2|
|3rd||5 Hunters Lodge||1¾||7/1|
Ruben Cotter (IRE) 253
|7||166 11-12||P F Nicholls||Mr W Biddick||139||10/1|
Mr Moss (IRE) 26
|8||165 11-11||Evan Williams||Mr P W Mullins||138||18/1|
Charingworth (IRE) 240
|10||154 11-0||K C Bailey||Mr H A A Bannister (5)||127||50/1|
Standing Ovation (IRE) (ex7) 6
|6||154 11-0 pt||D Pipe||Mr S Clements||120||15/8f|
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 28
|7||153 10-13 p1||N A Twiston-Davies||Mr J Bargary (7)||126||7/1|
Major Malarkey (IRE) 172
|10||153 10-13||N A Twiston-Davies||Mr C Smith (7)||126||16/1|
Imperial Circus (IRE) 37
|7||152 10-12 p||P J Hobbs||Mr C Gethings (7)||125||14/1|
Victrix Gale (IRE) 57
|7||152 10-12||A J Martin||Mr J J Codd||125||6/1|
Handy Andy (IRE) 28
|7||150 10-10 t||C L Tizzard||Mr M Legg (5)||123||15/2|
Fredo (IRE) 28
|9||147 10-7||Ian Williams||Mr S Waley-Cohen||120||7/1|
Swing Bill (FR)
||11||11-9||D Pipe||Mr M Ennis||14/1|
There has been no stopping Standing Ovation lately and a five-timer certainly isn't out of the question as he appeared to beat Alfie Spinner with plenty in hand in a Listed handicap at Wincanton last week. But the drop in distance may not be ideal on faster going and he also has a penalty to contend with. Ruben Cotter faces a stiff task under top weight on his reappearance but Mr Moss will strip fitter for a run over hurdles at Kempton and Hunters Lodge is only 3lb higher than when successful over track and trip four weeks ago but the fourth and fifth, Handy Andy and Fredo, both have a chance of reversing that form while Imperial Circus is heading in the right direction judged on his win at Ludlow. Jamie Codd rides VICTRIX GALE for Tony Martin and his seven-year-old can take advantage of a lowly chase mark having been in good form over hurdles over the summer.
Handy Andy (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, mistake 5th, not fluent 9th, headway before 12th, challenged 4 out, left in lead next, headed before 2 out, 1 length down when left clear last, weakened final 100 yards, headed and lost 3 places close home, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Hunters Lodge (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Charingworth (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Never travelled or jumped with any fluency in rear, mistake 3rd, ridden after 7th, struggling when blundered 10th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Mcmurrough (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Mar, 7 ran.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 13th, lost place 15th, modest 8th 3 out, stayed on well from last, led close home, won at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct beating Five Star Wilsham (10-11) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Victrix Gale (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Held up towards rear, ridden in 11th before straight, no impression in 8th 2 out, ran on from last to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 17, 6l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Mr Moss (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until before 2nd, chased leading pair until pushed along before 2 out, still well there 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 12, 9l behind Warden Hill (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Fredo (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, led before 2 out, soon headed, 3 lengths 3rd when bad mistake and left 2nd last, lost 3 places towards finish, 5th of 15, 3l behind Hunters Lodge (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 5-2fav (10-2) Always prominent, led 4 out (usual 5 out), drew clear from 2 out (usual 3 out), stayed on well, won at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs beating Alfie Spinner (10-8) by 5l, 13 ran.
Imperial Circus (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, hit 11th, pushed along before 4 out, led 3 out, hit next, clear after last, idled and hung left flat, driven out, won at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct beating Rockiteer (11-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Ruben Cotter (IRE) 4-9fav (11-7) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, 6th or 9th, fell 11th, in a race won by Danimix (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Mar, 4 ran.
Major Malarkey (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, lost place when mistake 13th, in rear when fell next, in a race won by Posh Bird (10-0) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in May, 13 ran.