Walters UK Ltd Handicap Chase 3m 1f 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 15.80s
- Off time: 14:41:20
|2nd||3 Sir Du Bearn||2½||10/1|
Seymour Eric 19
|8||166 11-12 p||M Keighley||Ian Popham||131||7/2c|
Titchwood (IRE) 24
|5||165 11-11||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||130||7/2c|
Sir Du Bearn (FR) 16
|7||165 11-11||P Bowen||Donal Devereux||130||10/1|
Shaking Hands (IRE) 317
|9||163 11-9 bt||D Pipe||T Scudamore||128||9/1|
Relax (FR) 23
|8||162 11-8||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||127||7/2c|
Cocacobana (IRE) 30
|8||154 11-0||G McPherson||J M Maguire||119||6/1|
Stormyisland Ahead 40
|8||140 10-0 t||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||105||13/2|
||6||112||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||121||NR|
||6||11-7||Miss R Curtis||Patrick Corbett||3/1|
Titchwood's jumping on his chase debut at Ascot left a bit to be desired and, though he has plenty of scope, this test against experienced handicappers may come too soon. Seymour Eric is also a novice but will stay every inch of this trip as will Shaking Hands, who also loves the mud. Stormyisland Ahead won over 3m at Chepstow last month while Count Guido Deiro was still in touch when unseating Adam Wedge at Ascot but we'll give another chance to RELAX. The fact that he's been pulled up three times in a row is hardly a glowing endorsement but little went right form him on his reappearance at Haydock when well backed and he's easing towards a decent mark again.
Count Guido Deiro (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in last trio, headway to track leaders 9th, blundered and unseated rider 13th, in a race won by Kris Cross (10-3) at Ascot 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Relax (FR) 5-1fav (10-10) Raced freely, led, blunderd 2nd, mistake 8th, headed 6th, jumped badly right 6 out and 5 out, soon weakened pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Sydney Paget (10-13) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Sir Du Bearn (FR) 33-1 (11-9) Mid-division on inside, weakened approaching 13th, no chance when mistake 2 out, 11th of 18, 20l behind Tatenen (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Cocacobana (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, mistake 5 out, 5th and well held before next, 5th of 8, 17l behind Renard D'Irlande (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Titchwood (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Tracked leading pair, mistake 4th and 7th, went 2nd 3 out, effort next, ridden between last 2, kept on and every chance until hung left and held flat, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Top Of The Range (11-1) at Ascot 2m 3f beg chs (3) gs in Nov.
Seymour Eric 5-6fav (11-2) Led, reminder after 9th, blundered and headed 13th, every chance 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Indian Castle (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Shaking Hands (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Led until 5th, led 8th, not fluent and headed 11th, mistake next, led 13th, headed 14th, 3rd and weakening when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Carruthers (10-8) at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Stormyisland Ahead 14-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway before 5 out, went 2nd 4 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Nov beating Merlin's Wish (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.