David Johnson Memorial Intermediate Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 3, 20 runners)
- Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
- Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 11.10s
- Off time: 14:40:30
|1st||11 Thomas Crapper||16/1|
|2nd||19 Angles Hill||¾||33/1|
|4th||8 Uncle Jimmy||nk||25/1|
Whisper (FR) 212
|5||166 11-12||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||137||11/2|
Milborough (IRE) 302
|7||164 11-10||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (3)||135||66/1|
God's Own (IRE) (ex7) 11
|5||164 11-10||T R George||P J Brennan||128||12/1|
Handazan (IRE) 27
|4||163 11-9 p||A King||R Thornton||134||25/1|
Kaylif Aramis 20
|6||163 11-9||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||134||14/1|
Top Gamble (IRE) 286
|5||162 11-8||D Pipe||C O'Farrell||133||9/2f|
Killala Quay 34
|6||161 11-7||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||132||11/1|
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 19
|6||159 11-5||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||130||25/1|
Free To Dream (IRE) 228
|6||159 11-5||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||130||33/1|
Atlantic Roller (IRE) 374
|6||159 11-5||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||130||16/1|
Thomas Crapper 27
|6||157 11-3||R Dickin||C Poste||128||16/1|
Kellys Brow (IRE) 170
|6||156 11-2||B Pauling||D Bass||127||100/1|
Hold Court (IRE) 20
|6||154 11-0||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||125||16/1|
Scarlet Fire (IRE) 221
|6||153 10-13||N G Richards||D N Russell||124||40/1|
Warden Hill (IRE) 26
|5||153 10-13||M R Channon||D Elsworth||124||12/1|
|5||153 10-13||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||124||5/1|
One Conemara (IRE) 216
|5||152 10-12||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||123||14/1|
Watered Silk 48
|5||150 10-10||Mrs L Wadham||L Aspell||121||66/1|
Angles Hill (IRE) 52
|6||149 10-9||R Woollacott||T J O'Brien||120||33/1|
Decimus (IRE) 19
|6||148 10-8||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||119||40/1|
Double Ross (IRE)
||6||11-2||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||14/1|
This is a very competitive handicap as several of these have already won races this term. God's Own made amends for an unlucky run at Chepstow when winning at Kempton earlier this month but now carries a penalty. Killala Quay steps out of novice company for the first time in pursuit of his hat-trick while Warden Hill also makes his first appearance in a handicap. Upswing tries his luck at a higher level, as does Angles Hill, but Thomas Crapper won a decent contest over track and trip last month and may have improved over the summer. Robin Dickin's charge was pulled up at Sandown in March, however, in a Listed race in which WHISPER finished fourth. The top weight went on to beat the useful Valdez here, with the pair clear of the third, and could eventually prove a cut above these. Top Gamble and Atlantic Roller are others with scope while Kaylif Aramis was a good third at Chepstow when finishing ahead of Hold Court. He makes more appeal than Handazan over this trip.
Thomas Crapper 12-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway on outside from 7th, led and hit 3 out, hit 2 out, driven flat, held on, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct beating Silver Eagle (11-3) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Angles Hill (IRE) 8-13fav (10-9) Took keen hold tracking leader, ridden before 2 out, challenged from 2 out, driven between last 2, led narrowly flat, edged left under pressure close home, just held on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Quadrato (10-12) by shd, 4 ran.
Whisper (FR) 9-4 (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th or 6th, challenged 2 out, ridden flat, led final 100 yards, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Apr beating Valdez (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Always prominent, every chance 3 out, stayed on flat, held by front pair, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Crowning Jewel (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Free To Dream (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 6th, 3rd entering straight but no impression in 4th when mistake 2 out, no extra, 5th of 17, 27l behind Brian Who (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Apr.
Upswing 7-4fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, shaken up gentley to lead last, always well in command towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Oct beating Coverholder (11-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Killala Quay 8-11fav (11-5) Took keen hold, held up, headway to track leaders 4th, went 2nd soon after 3 out, led before last, came clear flat, stayed on strongly, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Perfect Candidate (10-12) by 6l, 9 ran.
Warden Hill (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway and swiched right approaching 2 out, chased leaders before last, strong run to lead final 110 yards, won going away, won at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Carole's Destrier (10-12) by 1l, 12 ran.
Top Gamble (IRE) 2-1 (11-3) Made all, clear after 2 out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Sidney Melbourne (11-3) by 6l, 13 ran.
Scarlet Fire (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden before last, kept on, 8th of 10, 29l behind Phoenix Returns (10-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Atlantic Roller (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, soon led, ridden clear flat, ran on well, won at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft in Nov '12 beating Gas Line Boy (11-4) by 7l, 8 ran.
Milborough (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Settled in rear, went 3rd after 2 out and 2nd when mistake last, kept on run-in but no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Ballycasey (11-5) at Thurles 2m 6f nov hdl hvy in Jan.
Kellys Brow (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) In touch on outside, hampered 1st, closed 6th, went 2nd before next, not fluent 8th, 3rd and stayed on same pace after last, 3rd of 7, 5l behind In The Haven (10-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chase (4) sft in May.
God's Own (IRE) 11-4 (10-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 4 out, led and jumped badly right 2 out, clear before last, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs beating Like Minded (10-0) by 6l, 6 ran.
Handazan (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Led, headed and pushed along 4th, reminder and led after next, headed 2 out, beaten last, weakened flat, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Sametegal (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Decimus (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Towards rear, hampered 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
Watered Silk 5-1 (11-0) Tracked clear pair, hit 4th, lost place 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Ahyaknowyerself (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Sep.
Hold Court (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Always behind, struggling before 4 out, never involved, 8th of 11, 20l behind Shammick Boy (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Kaylif Aramis 7-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, went 2nd soon after last, outpaced to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Shammick Boy (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Oct.
One Conemara (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Mid-division, mistake 1st, not fluent and pecked next, headway before 5th, not fluent 8th, ridden approaching 3 out, no chance with winner when pressing for places after, weakened flat, 6th of 11, 28l behind Neltara (10-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.