London Southend Airport Juvenile Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo, 2m 110y, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 1.50s
- Off time: 14:45:46
|1st||2 Kapga De Cerisy||9/2|
|2nd||1 Fire Fighter||nk||7/4f|
Fire Fighter (IRE) 22
|4||159 11-5||A King||W Hutchinson||123||7/4f|
Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 52
|4||159 11-5||Miss V Williams||S Thomas||9/2|
|4||159 11-5 v1||C Gordon||S Twiston-Davies||20/1|
Corsican Boy 43
|4||152 10-12 p1||Miss R Curtis||T J O'Brien||11/1|
Edgware Road 22
|4||152 10-12||P Rich||T J Murphy||14/1|
Mahayogin (USA) 155
|4||152 10-12||C J Mann||J M Davies||100/1|
Ozeta (FR) 97
|4||152 10-12||N J Henderson||David Bass (3)||15/8|
State Senator (USA) 34
|4||152 10-12||N J Henderson||R J Killoran||33/1|
Swaninstockwell (IRE) 31
|4||152 10-12||P Phelan||C Bolger||66/1|
|4||152 10-12||Ian Williams||D C Costello||33/1|
Marie Des Anges (FR) 22
|4||145 10-5||Mrs A M Thorpe||L Treadwell||125/1|
||4||10-12||M Scudamore||A O'keeffe||9/1|
OZETA, winner of a Listed contest at Auteuil last September for Elie Lellouche, was set a stiff task on her debut for Nicky Henderson at Cheltenham. The filly was far from disgraced in finishing fifth to Hinterland, however, only weakening at the last and she's been given plenty of time to get over her exertions. This should be within her range. Fire Fighter had Edgware Road back in third and Marie Des Anges further behind when getting off the mark at Warwick, but he may not come into his own until tackling longer trips while Ludlow second Corsican Boy and Chepstow scorer Mattoral need to improve significantly to figure here. Kapga De Cerisy has his sights lowered after finishing fourth in the Finale at Chepstow and can't be ignored however.
Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, mistake 4 out, weakened after next, moderate 4th when mistake last, 4th of 9, 33l behind Hollow Tree (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Fire Fighter (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, challenged 3 out, led next, shaken up and in command when pitched badly on landing last, ridden and ran on well flat, won at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Black Pond (11-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
Mattoral 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed next, led again 4 out, ridden 2 out, narrowly headed when left well clear last, won at Chepstow 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating The Right Time (10-2) by 16l, 7 ran.
Mahayogin (USA) 7-2 (9-3) In touch in mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 12, 18l behind Jameel (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep (flat).
Marie Des Anges (FR) 125-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division, jumped right 1st, not fluent 4th, headway approaching next, outpaced by leaders after 3 out, 6th and well held when mistake last, 6th of 12, 18l behind Fire Fighter (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Ozeta (FR) 15-8 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd after 5th, challenged 3 out until not fluent next, no extra last, 5th of 9, 14l behind Hinterland (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Edgware Road 25-1 (11-0) Led, wandered approaching 1st and 2nd, mistake and reminders next, headed 2 out, no impression on winner when demoted to 2nd flat, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Fire Fighter (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Swaninstockwell (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leading trio, went 3rd after 5th, no chance with leading duo next, poor 3rd when went right and blundered last, weakened to 4th close home, 4th of 6, 40l behind One Lucky Lady (10-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Corsican Boy 11-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, switched left to challenge when bumped just before 3 out, led next, soon edged left, driven flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Memorabilia (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Tadabeer 16-1 (11-0) In rear, jumped slowly 3rd, slow and not fluent next, soon lost touch, 9th of 12, 34l behind Fire Fighter (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
State Senator (USA) 11-1 (10-12) Keen early, held up mid-division, lost place after 5th, soon beaten, 8th of 11, 45l behind Sadler's Risk (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Jan.