Rosling King LLP Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 3f
- (5yo+, 2m 3f, Class 3, 7 runners)
- Winner £9,495 2nd £2,805 3rd £1,402 4th £702 5th £351
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 59.11s
- Off time: 13:15:20
|2nd||3 Benefit Cut||1¼||10/1|
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 38
|7||166 11-12||P G Murphy||C Bolger||125||16/1|
Ballinvarrig (IRE) 30
|7||163 11-9||T R George||P J Brennan||122||7/2|
Benefit Cut (IRE) 86
|8||161 11-7 t1||Mrs P Robeson||Sam Twiston-Davies||120||10/1|
Pearls Legend 31
|7||159 11-5||J L Spearing||J E Moore||118||8/1|
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 19
|8||159 11-5||Ian Williams||N D Fehily||118||7/2|
Kingcora (FR) 4
|6||150 10-10||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||109||15/8f|
Fair Bramble 30
|8||144 10-4 v||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||103||12/1|
||7||1011||D G Bridgwater||Sean Quinlan||110||NR|
Ballinvarrig got off the mark at Exeter last month and should be a factor here. Benefit Cut, Pearls Legend and Fair Bramble have all been knocking on the door with the latter particularly interesting as she was racing from a long way out of the handicap when only beaten a length-and-a-half at Exeter. Bobcatbilly won at Ludlow and Haydock last month and could be improving but Cloudy Bob has a lot to prove over fences and has been rated on his hurdles form. KINGCORA makes a swift reappearance after an improved second at Exeter. He did finish behind Bobcatbilly at Ludlow but enjoys a 9lb turnaround in the weights and could reverse that running today.
Dont Do Mondays (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Prominent, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, 43l behind Kambis (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Ballinvarrig (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2 out until the last, rallied under pressure flat to lead final 50 yards, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec beating Ray Diamond (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Benefit Cut (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Led and soon clear, reduced lead before 2 out, driven between last 2, edged left and headed beore mistake last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Capellanus (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not much room and switched left after 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Foxcub (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Kingcora (FR) 3-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division on inner, headway 4 out, went 2nd before last, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Fair Bramble 10-1 (10-5) Jumped right, took keen hold tracking winner until 2 out, ridden and rallied to 2nd again last, kept on flat, always held, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Midnight Lira (10-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mares nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 6-4fav (10-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 7th, went 2nd 4 out, challenged 2 out, led last, edged left, driven out, won at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec beating Supreme Asset (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Pearls Legend 9-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5 out, ridden before next, 3 lengths down when blundered and lost any chance 3 out, no chance in clear 2nd before next, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Last Shot (11-9) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.