Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 7f
- (5yo+, 3m 7f, Class 2, 11 runners)
- Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155 5th £578 6th £290
- Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 8m 16.70s
- Off time: 15:15:28
|1st||1 Balthazar King||5/4f|
|2nd||4 Uncle Junior||1||8/1|
|3rd||5 Any Currency||5||28/1|
Balthazar King (IRE) 27
|9||162 11-8||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||150||5/4f|
Chicago Grey (IRE) 205
|10||162 11-8 t||G Elliott||D N Russell||149||15/2|
Sire Collonges (FR) 27
|7||162 11-8||P F Nicholls||R Mahon||140||9/1|
Uncle Junior (IRE) 202
|12||162 11-8||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins||149||8/1|
Any Currency (IRE) 19
|10||159 11-5||M Keighley||Ian Popham||127||28/1|
Gullible Gordon (IRE) 84
|10||159 11-5 pt||P Bowen||Donal Devereux||135||33/1|
Theroadtocroker (IRE) 19
|9||159 11-5 t||D P Murphy||Mr P Gahan||101||100/1|
Zest For Life (IRE) 33
|9||159 11-5||E Bolger||Ms N Carberry||133||20/1|
Viking Blond (FR) 28
|8||156 11-2 v||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||130||20/1|
Diamond Harry 158
|10||150 10-10||Nick Williams||J Reveley||137||11/2|
Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 19
|9||150 10-10||E Bolger||R P McLernon||133||12/1|
Uncle Junior (IRE)
||11||11-8||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins||9/2|
BALTHAZAR KING won a competitive handicap, for the second year running, over the regulation fences here last month and is favoured by the weights in this. The cross-country obstacles will hold no fears for Philip Hobbs' charge as he won the big race on the inside course at The Festival in 2012 and also landed a big race over unconventional fences in France in September. Uncle Junior has won this for the last two years but appeared to lose plot in the second half of last season. Chicago Grey won a Grade 2 at Navan in February and is a classy stayer on his day but how he'll take to these fences is anybody's guess. Gullible Gordon and Diamond Harry are also best watched while Sire Collonges and Any Currency probably have a bit to find at the weights. Enda Bolger used to farm these events but Zest For Life and Quiscover Fontaine look up against it on today's terms.
Balthazar King (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Made all, clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct beating Tour Des Champs (11-0) by 7l, 16 ran.
Uncle Junior (IRE) 9-2 (12-7) Waited with, no danger 19th, pulled up before 2 out, reportedly burst blood vessel, in a race won by Sizing Australia (11-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Apr, 15 ran.
Any Currency (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Ran in snatches, chased leaders, went 2nd 4th until next, reminders 11th, pushed along and struggling 14th (water), left in modest 5th before 2 out, 5th of 12, 35l behind Standing Ovation (10-0) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Diamond Harry (10-3) 3rd of 8, 6l behind Yanky Sundown (10-10) at Lyon-Parilly(FR) 3m 2f gs in Jun.
Chicago Grey (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, reminders 10th, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened before next and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sir Des Champs (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Apr, 8 ran.
Sire Collonges (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden and lost place before 3 out, 9th of 16, 46l behind Balthazar King (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Theroadtocroker (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, last 5 out, no impression next, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 33l behind Double Seven (11-5) at Wexford 2m 6f lst chs (1) sft in Oct.
Zest For Life (IRE) (10-9) in a race won by Orphee Des Blins (10-5) at Pardubice(CZE) 4m 2f in Oct, 20 ran.
Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 5-4 (12-2) Tr ldrs in mod 3rd, left 2nd last, 2nd of 5, 20l behind Near Perfection (12-2) at Lemonfield 3m ire ptp sft in Oct.
Gullible Gordon (IRE) 15-2 (11-2) Tracked winner, lost place 14th, ridden and behind after 5 out, last of 9, well behind Pantxoa (10-6) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in Aug.
Viking Blond (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Led until not fluent 2nd, led again 5th, headed after 9th, weakened before last, 14th of 20, 28l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.