Tony Wright 50th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
- Surface: Turf
Rydalis (FR) 70
|8||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||115|
Mark The Book (IRE) 20
|12||165 11-11 pt||B I Case||Killian Moore (7)||114|
Victory Gunner (IRE) 55
|15||165 11-11||R Lee||M G Nolan (5)||114|
Take Over Sivola (FR) 23
|6||162 11-8 p||D Pipe||C O'Farrell||111|
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 23
|7||159 11-5||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||108|
Material Boy 32
|6||158 11-4||Nick Williams||D A Jacob||107|
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 35
|10||155 11-1 p||D Burchell||Christian Williams||104|
Salut Honore (FR) 3
|7||150 10-10||A M Hales||W Kennedy||99|
Massini Sunset (IRE) 10
|13||148 10-8 b||N R Mitchell||Gavin Sheehan (5)||97|
Mark The Book (IRE)
||11||11-11||B I Case||D A Jacob||11/2|
Mark The Book, Take Over Sivola, Rebeccas Choice and Bishophill Jack were all pulled up last time, though the latter possibly didn't stay a longer trip at Market Rasen. Salut Honore was an early casualty at Lingfield on Tuesday and will need to jump better here while it looks like Father Time is beginning to catch up with veteran Victory Gunner. RYDALIS has to concede weight all round on only her second start over fences and her first try over 3m but she has far more scope than any of her rivals and may well be up to the task. Material Boy is also unexposed and trying a new trip but the form of his second at Ffos Las hasn't worked out and C&D winner Massini Sunset may not be the force of old.
Rydalis (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged after 4 out, led before next, clear when jumped right 2 out and last, nursed home, won at Fontwell 2m 6f Mares Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Nov beating Addiction (11-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Mark The Book (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 6th until 13th, blundered and struggling 15th, soon weakened, tailed off 17th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Pete The Feat (11-7) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) In touch, ridden 4 out, weakened 3 out, 8th of 15, 18l behind Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Take Over Sivola (FR) 6-4fav (9-13) Chased leaders, blundered 6th, pushed along next, hit 4 out, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) In touch in rear, reminders 5th, hit 7th, weakened 15th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Soudain (10-11) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Material Boy 15-2 (11-0) Prominent, led 4th, headed approaching 7th, led again next, headed 12th, outpaced 3 out, stayed on after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, nk behind Bendant (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 5f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Behind, struggling 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Plein Pouvoir (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Salut Honore (FR) 3-1 (11-1) Chased leading pair until fell 2nd, in a race won by Double Dash (11-7) at Lingfield 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy, 4 ran.
Massini Sunset (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 8th, headed before 10th, mistake 5 out, led 4 out, ridden and headed before last, soon lost 2nd place, no extra, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Loughalder (10-1) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.