ApolloBet 50 Free Bets Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Jockey Club Grassroots Jumps Series Qualifier) 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £4,224 2nd £1,240 3rd £620 4th £310
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 1.35s
- Off time: 15:05:24
|2nd||5 Island Heights||nk||4/1|
|3rd||2 Mr Utah||2||12/1|
Mudita Moment (IRE) 18
|9||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||120||5/2f|
Mr Utah 25
|7||166 11-12||H Hogarth||Tony Kelly (3)||120||12/1|
Granaruid (IRE) 10
|11||165 11-11 p||Mrs A C Hamilton||Mr T Hamilton (7)||119||8/1|
Vinny Gambini (IRE) 24
|7||163 11-9||Mrs R Dobbin||Craig Nichol (5)||117||5/1|
Island Heights (IRE) 9
|5||160 11-6||Miss Lucinda V Russell||K Renwick||114||4/1|
Most Honourable 42
|4||154 11-0||M Smith||Adam Nicol (5)||116||10/1|
Vasco Pierji (FR) 39
|5||148 10-8||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||102||10/1|
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 14
|8||142 10-2||Mrs Dianne Sayer||B Hughes||96||11/1|
||8||10-13||Ferdy Murphy||Tony Kelly||25/1|
Mudita Moment's winning streak came to end at Bangor. He went close again but has been raised a further 5lb for his trouble. Mr Utah failed to cope with a 9lb rise at Doncaster having landed a double before that but the veteran Granaruid went in again on his latest start at this track and has claims. Vinny Gambini is another course winner and ran well at Ayr last month though it could pay to stick with ISLAND HEIGHTS. The latter made a winning handicap debut at Ayr last week and will need to improve on that, but has plenty of scope to do so and gets the vote.
Granaruid (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, led going well before last, shaken up and went clear flat, comfortably, won at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy beating Gulf Punch (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Island Heights (IRE) 11-8 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd and in rear, led before 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy beating Sam Lord (11-6) by 24l, 3 ran.
Mr Utah 33-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, lost place 3rd, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, well behind Seventh Sign (11-9) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Held up in touch in last trio, outpaced 3 out, no impression after, plugged on before laast, 5th of 6, 22l behind Forward Flight (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Mudita Moment (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Mostly jumped right tracked winner until led 4th, joined 7th, ridden when hit 2 out, headed narrowly next, driven and stayed on, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Hellorboston (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Most Honourable 20-1 (11-5) Held up, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 24l behind Broughton (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo lst hdl (1) sft in Feb.
Vasco Pierji (FR) 20-1 (11-3) Towards rear, went poor 4th 2 out, went 3rd before last, never dangerous, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Mohawk Ridge (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Vinny Gambini (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, chased leaders 3 out, soon outpaced and ridden, kept on under pressure flat, 5th of 6, 3l behind Too Cool To Fool (10-4) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.