Pennant Walters Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (3yo+, 2m, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £5,393 2nd £1,584 3rd £792 4th £396
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 10.40s
- Off time: 15:16:58
|1st||2 Act Of Kalanisi||11/4f|
|2nd||6 Santo Thomas||10||5/1|
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 23
|5||166 11-12||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||125||9/2|
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 9
|7||166 11-12 bt||Dr R D P Newland||Sam Twiston-Davies||125||11/4f|
Zarzal (IRE) 21
|5||166 11-12||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||125||5/1|
Chemistry Master 33
|5||164 11-10 t||H Fry||Mr Martin McIntyre (10)||123||4/1|
Santo Thomas (FR) 28
|7||148 10-8||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||107||5/1|
Drussell (IRE) 28
|7||147 10-7||M R Bosley||Nico de Boinville (5)||106||10/1|
Pistolet Noir (FR) 109
|7||143 10-3||R Woollacott||C O'Farrell||102||22/1|
||8||pt||B J Llewellyn||Robert Williams||113||NR|
Scorched Son (IRE)
||9||11-12||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||9/2|
Most of these would have some sort of chance on their best form. Zarzal arrives off the back of a hard-fought win over fences at Ludlow but may be more effective over sharper tracks. Ubaldo Des Menhies and Act Of Kalanisi have been competing at a slightly higher level but James Pollard was beaten in a seller last time while Santo Thomas was well behind on his reappearance at Leicester, though should strip fitter now. CHEMISTRY MASTER hasn't run badly in either start this season and should be cherry-ripe now. Martin McIntyre again takes off 10lb and that could be a big factor on today's ground.
James Pollard (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and every chance last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Gigondas (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 12th of 16, 26l behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-0) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gs.
Santo Thomas (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Prominent on inside, lost place approaching 5th, well beaten before 2 out, 9th of 11, 41l behind Zafranagar (10-5) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Chemistry Master 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, every chance before 3 out, beaten next, 5th of 10, 8l behind Waterunder (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Zarzal (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Mid-division, chased leaders after 4th, went 2nd before 4 out, challenged 2 out, led before last, just held on, won at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov beating Last Shot (11-4) by shd, 8 ran.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 15-2 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 12, 38l behind Moujik Borget (11-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Pistolet Noir (FR) 11-1 (11-9) Held up well in rear, steady headway 4 out, stayed on under pressure to 5th before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Nicky Nutjob (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Aug, 6 ran.
Drussell (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, hit 4th, headway and hung right before 2 out, no extra last, 6th of 11, 20l behind Zafranagar (10-5) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.