George Battle Celebratory Handicap 1m 4f
- (4yo+, 1m 4f, Class 6, 9 runners)
- Winner £1,941 2nd £578 3rd £289 4th £144
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 34.97s
- Off time: 15:20:05
|1st||1 Thane Of Cawdor||3/1|
|2nd||4 Elegant Ophelia||½||7/1|
Thane Of Cawdor (IRE) 14
|5||133 9-7 p1||J Tuite||Jim Crowley||60||3/1|
Maison Brillet (IRE) 19
|7||133 9-7 p||C Drew||R Havlin||60||7/1|
Super Duplex 14
|7||132 9-6 t||R A Teal||R Hughes||59||11/4f|
Elegant Ophelia 14
|5||132 9-6 t||D K Ivory||A Kirby||59||7/1|
Orpen'arry (IRE) 20
|6||130 9-4||P Burgoyne||David Kenny (5)||57||16/1|
Lily Edge 14
|5||129 9-3||J J Bridger||G Lee||56||25/1|
James Pollard (IRE) 12
|9||124 8-12 t||B J Llewellyn||Martin Lane||51||25/1|
|5||121 8-9||B R Millman||F Tylicki||48||7/1|
Booktheband (IRE) 56
|4||121 8-9||C E Brittain||Hayley Turner||50||8/1|
||6||89 p||Miss Z C Davison||L P Keniry||48||NR|
||7||9-4||D Shaw||M Dwyer||7/2|
Thane Of Cawdor pounced late to beat Elegant Ophelia by a length over a slightly shorter trip here two weeks ago but there should be little between the pair on today's revised terms. Super Duplex was only beaten a head over 1m2f at Lingfield last time and Orpen' Arry made a promising reappearance over the same course and distance last month but Dance's placed form has been at a lower level. MAISON BRILLET is fairly treated nowadays and will be coming hard at these in the closing stages. If he gets a good gallop, Clive Drew's gelding is the one to beat.
Beggers Belief 7-1 (9-5) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 21l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Thane Of Cawdor (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway and switched left 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Elegant Ophelia (9-5) by 1l, 11 ran.
Elegant Ophelia 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leading pair, quick move on outside to 2nd well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Thane Of Cawdor (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Orpen'arry (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Led, ridden when pressed from 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Standing Strong (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Booktheband (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) In touch in 4th, headway over 4f out, went 3rd over 3f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind Grandad Mac (9-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Dance 11-2 (9-4) 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Until The Man (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Watt Broderick (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
James Pollard (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair off slow pace, headway under pressure over 1f olut, plugged on inside final furlong, no chance, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Sudden Wish (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Super Duplex 5-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 9, hd behind Cataria Girl (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Lily Edge 33-1 (9-2) Raced wide, chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 18l behind Spirit Of Gondree (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.