Hilton Hotels In The Midlands Handicap Chase 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 20.40s
- Off time: 15:00:45
|1st||8 Bennys Well||3/1f|
|2nd||2 Always Bold||1¼||9/2|
Quinder Spring (FR) 22
|9||166 11-12 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Grant Cockburn (7)||99||13/2|
Always Bold (IRE) 25
|8||165 11-11 v||M Keighley||Ian Popham||98||9/2|
Brousse En Feux (FR) 59
|10||162 11-8 vt||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||95||12/1|
|8||159 11-5 bt||C C Bealby||T Messenger||92||14/1|
|9||155 11-1||Mrs R Gasson||Benjamin Poste (5)||88||7/2|
Bobbisox (IRE) 60
|8||152 10-12||A M Hales||Killian Moore (5)||85||16/1|
Indian Citizen (IRE) 119
|6||148 10-8 h||A J Whiting||D C Costello||81||9/2|
Bennys Well (IRE) 11
|7||140 10-0||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (5)||70||3/1f|
||8||11-2||Mrs R Gasson||Mr B J Poste||7/2|
Bennys Well is 3lb out of the handicap but faced a stiffer task over track and trip 11 days ago and still only found one too good. He has the beating of Kilcascan on the form book and shouldn't be far away again. Quinder Spring came back to form at Perth last month but has gone up in the weights again since while Brousse En Feux was only beaten a nose at Worcester on her reappearance, though has struggled to stay this far in the past. There are no stamina concerns surrounding ALWAYS BOLD and recent rain is also a plus. Martin Keighley's stayer, second over course and distance in July, will probably never get a better chance to break his duck over fences.
Bennys Well (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Led, headed narrowly after 11th, 3rd and outpaced 3 out, chased winner last, kept on when hard pressed for 2nd flat, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Roc De Guye (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Always Bold (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) In rear, behind 7th, stayed on from 2 out, nearest finish, 6th of 15, 11l behind Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Kilcascan 9-1 (10-6) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 5 out, left moderate 4th next, plugged on from 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 10l behind Roc De Guye (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Brousse En Feux (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Ran in snatches, reminders after 5th, not fluent next, closed to chase leaders 9th, outpaced after next, rallied when not fluent 4 out, chased winner after 3 out, stayed on under strong pressure flat, every chance towards finish, just held, 2nd of 8, ns behind Crack At Dawn (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Bobbisox (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Last pair, fell 6th, in a race won by Robobar (11-11) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug, 11 ran.
Quinder Spring (FR) 10-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 5th, not fluent 14th, ridden in 3rd from 4 out, no impression on leader 2 out, rallied flat, went 2nd post, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Kilvergan Boy (10-0) at Perth 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Indian Citizen (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Made most to 10th, chased leader, ridden after 5 out, lost place before next, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Prospect Wells (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Ifonlyalfie 6-1 (10-13) Towards rear, struggling 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Calypso Bay (11-11) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.