St. John Ambulance Handicap 2m 1f 22y
- (3yo+, 2m 1f 22y, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,881 2nd £1,155 3rd £577 4th £289
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 49.91s
- Off time: 15:15:52
|1st||4 Beat The Shower||15/2|
|2nd||1 Precision Strike||2¾||3/1|
Precision Strike 10
|4||142 10-2 v||R C Guest||D T Da Silva (5)||72||3/1|
Air Squadron 22
|4||136 9-10||R M Beckett||S De Sousa||66||11/8f|
Kodicil (IRE) 16
|6||135 9-9 p||M Walford||P Aspell||65||17/2|
Beat The Shower 6
|8||126 9-0||P D Niven||R Winston||56||15/2|
Jawaab (IRE) 19
|10||122 8-10 v||P A Kirby||Joey Haynes (3)||52||5/1|
Kaizen Factor 17
|3||112 8-0||Micky Hammond||Jack Garritty (5) (ex3)||48||25/1|
||7||9-7||P A Kirby||Declan Cannon||8/1|
PRECISION STRIKE continues to progress and recorded his ninth win when successful over 1m6f at Haydock last time. He should see out today's longer distance and is worth sticking with dropping down a grade. Air Squadron is another on the up after opening his account at Salisbury and should be thereabouts. Kodacil won over 2m on the Flat at Ripon last year and can race off the same mark today while course and distance winner Jawaab has won twice over hurdles this year and should also go well.
Beat The Shower 3-1fav (11-1) Mid-division, headway 6f out, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Dan Emmett (11-5) at Thirsk 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Precision Strike 9-2 (8-3) Last to break, held up in rear, headway on outside 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating O Ma Lad (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Air Squadron 10-3fav (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Significant Move (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Kodicil (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Tracked winner, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 4, 19l behind Hot Spice (9-4) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Kaizen Factor 66-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders 2f, in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 31l behind Moscato (9-5) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Jawaab (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Chased leader, led after 1f, headed 9f out, soon ridden and lost 2nd, chased leading pair, well outpaced over 5f out, stayed on again into 4th towards finish, 4th of 10, 15l behind My Destination (10-5) at Doncaster 2m am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jul.