127th Year Of The Watt Memorial Handicap 2m 35y
- (3yo+, 2m 35y, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £4,528 2nd £1,348 3rd £673 4th £337
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 43.85s
- Off time: 16:00:11
|1st||9 Moon Trip||7/2|
|3rd||4 Mohawk Ridge||2||11/1|
Wild Desert (FR) 16
|7||140 10-0||C E Longsdon||Matthew Cosham (3)||83||8/1|
Boss's Destination 19
|5||133 9-7||G A Swinbank||R Winston||76||10/1|
|4||132 9-6||T D Easterby||G Gibbons||75||9/4f|
Mohawk Ridge 13
|6||131 9-5 p||M Dods||Lee Topliss (3)||74||11/1|
|9||125 8-13 t||A J Honeyball||P Mulrennan||68||8/1|
Blackstone Vegas 23
|6||124 8-12||D Shaw||T Eaves||67||10/1|
|6||123 8-11||G M Moore||P McDonald||66||8/1|
Stags Leap (IRE) 19
|5||122 8-10||Mrs Dianne Sayer||D Fentiman||65||28/1|
Moon Trip 20
|3||115 8-3||M Johnston||F Norton||75||7/2|
||3||8-3||T D Easterby||S De Sousa||7/4|
WILD DESERT has plenty on under topweight but has delivered really commendable efforts the last twice in good handicaps and should play a prominent role if maintaining that level here despite his burden. However, let's take a chance on PETELLA in receipt of over a stone. Hold-up tactics are normally the order of the day for the George Moore inmate who made a pleasing return to action at Pontefract last month after a near eight month absence. She is the sort that needs everything to flow her way but is a hopeful punt in an open contest. Blackstone Vegas and Mojolika were one-two in that Pontefract race and should go well again although neither has scored on ground with cut. In contrast, Mohawk Ridge goes well on the soft and is a threat to all.
Moon Trip 6-1 (8-11) Led, pushed along and headed 3f out, soon ridden, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 6, 9l behind Rule Book (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Mojolika 14-1 (9-0) Switched left soon after start, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Blackstone Vegas (8-5) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Mohawk Ridge 6-4fav (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, joined leader 5f out, led over 3f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Bijou Dan (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Stags Leap (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, lost place and towards rear over 7f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 21l behind Livvy Inn (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 5f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Wild Desert (FR) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, soon went 2nd, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Western Prize (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Petella 25-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Blackstone Vegas (8-5) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Blackstone Vegas 5-1 (8-9) Held up in last pair, headway over 3f out, went 4th over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Orsippus (9-3) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Boss's Destination 4-1fav (9-7) Keen tracked winner, ridden 5f out, outpaced 4f out, soon weakened, eased over 2f out, last of 7, well behind Pokfulham (9-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Jun.
Markington 40-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 6l behind Western Prize (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.