Derek Hunnisett Memorial Handicap Hurdle 3m 1f 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,053 2nd £598 3rd £299
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 2.10s
- Off time: 14:37:36
|1st||4 John's Gem||11/4j|
|2nd||6 Sudden Light||¾||7/2|
Marble Walk (IRE) 21
|7||166 11-12||R Rowe||L P Aspell||95||11/4j|
|9||166 11-12||P Hide||Nico de Boinville (7)||95||13/2|
Romney Marsh 34
|11||162 11-8||R Curtis||Hadden Frost||91||6/1|
John's Gem 18
|7||161 11-7 t||Miss Z C Davison||Gemma Gracey-Davison (5)||90||11/4j|
Bach To Front (IRE) 27
|7||156 11-2||Mrs S Wall||M Goldstein||85||16/1|
Sudden Light (IRE) 72
|6||140 10-0 vt||Jim Best||J E Moore||69||7/2|
|6||140 10-0||Miss A M Newton-Smith||Matthew Batchelor||56||40/1|
||6||11-10||M Roberts||A Thornton||12/1|
ROMNEY MARSH will need to improve on his latest second at Huntingdon but can still boast the best recent form of these. Roger Curtis' Fontwell winner is preferred to the out of sorts Marble Walk though the latter should have come on for a recent pipe-opener at Kempton. Jordan has failed to figure since scoring at Folkestone early last year but John's Gem may do better dropping down a grade for this.
John's Gem 50-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, detatched after 3rd, soon tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind African Gold (11-10) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Sudden Light (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Took keen hold in rear, headway 10th, lost place when mistake 3 out, soon well held, 6th of 8, 30l behind Always Bold (11-11) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Marble Walk (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 11, 37l behind Loose Chips (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Budsson 20-1 (10-5) Close up, reminders and lost behind after 5th, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Storm Alert (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Romney Marsh 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden along 4 out, kept on to chase easy winner last, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Royale Knight (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Jordan 33-1 (11-2) Led until 6th, ridden after 8th, weakened next, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Cocacobana (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Bach To Front (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Prominent, hampered 1st, led before next, not fluent 6th or 8th, headed 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Umadachar (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.