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  • (4yo+, 1m 1f 103y, Class 4, 13 runners)
  • Winner £4,205 2nd £1,251 3rd £625 4th £313
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 59.88s
  • Off time: 18:31:49
Full result
Result 18:30 Wolverhampton
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Archie Rice 16/1
2nd 1 West End Lad 33/1
3rd 12 The Mongoose hd 6/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 (9) 614531-
YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE star, halved sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, YELLOW star West End Lad 37
  • T:S R Bowring
  • J:R Kennemore
  • Form: 614531-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 9-7b
  • OR: 79
  • Naps:
9 133 9-7 b S R Bowring R Kennemore 79 33/1
2 (5) 784152-
Black, large Yellow spots, armlets and cap Chosen Forever 24
  • T:G R Oldroyd
  • J:D Swift
  • Form: 784152-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 9-7
  • OR: 79
  • Naps:
7 133 9-7 G R Oldroyd D Swift (3) 79 11/1
3 (1) 0/73180-
Yellow, White spots, Royal Blue and Yellow striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap, White star Mountain Cat (IRE) 223
  • T:G A Harker
  • J:R Winston
  • Form: 0/73180-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 9-7
  • OR: 79
  • Naps:
8 133 9-7 G A Harker R Winston 79 50/1
4 (6) 2261-95
Maroon, Beige cross belts, Beige and Maroon chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap, Maroon star Opus Maximus (IRE) 5
  • T:C R Dore
  • J:Hayley Turner
  • Form: 2261-95
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 9-7
  • OR: 79
  • Naps:
7 133 9-7 C R Dore Hayley Turner 79 9/2j
5 (12) 872447-
Purple, Light Blue and Purple hooped sleeves, Light Blue cap Snow Dancer (IRE) 24
  • T:H A McWilliams
  • J:James P Sullivan
  • Form: 872447-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 9-6
  • OR: 78
  • Naps:
8 132 9-6 H A McWilliams James P Sullivan 78 22/1
6 (13) 334405-
White and Royal Blue diamonds, Pink sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Pink diamond Hawaana (IRE) 18
  • T:Miss Gay Kelleway
  • J:Raul Da Silva
  • Form: 334405-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 9-4
  • OR: 76
  • Naps:
7 130 9-4 Miss Gay Kelleway Raul Da Silva (5) 76 50/1
7 (2) 231008-
Purple, Pink chevron, Purple sleeves, Pink stars, Purple cap, Pink star Hidden Glory 24
  • T:J G Given
  • J:Freddie Tylicki
  • Form: 231008-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-4b
  • OR: 76
  • Naps:
5 130 9-4 b J G Given Freddie Tylicki 76 20/1
8 (3) 64111-0
Red, Mauve epaulets and star on cap Archie Rice (USA) 15
  • T:T Keddy
  • J:R Clark
  • Form: 64111-0
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 9-4
  • OR: 76
  • Naps:
6 130 9-4 T Keddy R Clark (3) 76 16/1
9 (10) 2/05944-
Red, black stars, black sleeves, red armlets Full Toss 55
  • T:J S Goldie
  • J:J P Fahy
  • Form: 2/05944-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 9-1
  • OR: 73
  • Naps:
6 127 9-1 J S Goldie J P Fahy 73 16/1
10 (7) 550111-
Jade Green, Flame hooped sleeves, Black cap Maven 31
  • T:T D Easterby
  • J:A Carter
  • Form: 550111-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 8-13
  • OR: 72
  • Naps:
4 125 8-13 T D Easterby A Carter (5) 72 6/1
11 (4) 130232-
Dark green, yellow diamonds on sleeves and cap Knowe Head (NZ) 22
  • T:J W Unett
  • J:Adam Beschizza
  • Form: 130232-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 8-12
  • OR: 70
  • Naps:
5 124 8-12 J W Unett Adam Beschizza (3) 70 7/1
12 (11) 42/536-4
Royal blue, yellow chevron and sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue diamond The Mongoose 5
  • T:P D Evans
  • J:L Morris
  • Form: 42/536-4
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 8-11
  • OR: 70
  • Naps:
4 123 8-11 P D Evans L Morris 70 6/1
13 (8) 24/408-1
Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Postscript (IRE) 13
  • T:Ian Williams
  • J:S Donohoe
  • Form: 24/408-1
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 8-9
  • OR: 68
  • Naps:
4 121 8-9 Ian Williams S Donohoe 68 9/2j

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011 6 Mighty Clarets (IRE)
  • T:R A Fahey
  • J:B McHugh
4 8-9 R A Fahey B McHugh 8/1
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In depth

Verdict

A wide-open affair but those at the top end of the handicap make most appeal. West End Lad is 6lb higher than his win on the turf in September but arrives in fine form having won a claimer by five lengths at Southwell last month, while Opus Maximus scored over C&D in December with Snow Dancer and Hidden Glory behind. However, runner-up CHOSEN FOREVER was only beaten a length and Geoff Harker's charge is taken to gain his revenge on better terms today. Archie Rice may be in the handicapper's grip now, but there could still be more to come from hat-trick heroine Maven and bottom weight Postcript as they step up in class.

Formwatch

Archie Rice (USA) 9-1 (8-13) Always behind, 11th of 13, 7l behind Thunderstruck (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.

West End Lad 6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, led going well over 2f out, soon clear, easily, won at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec beating Hits Only Jude (8-2) by 5l, 9 ran.

The Mongoose 10-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Kiss A Prince (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.

Hidden Glory 20-1 (9-4) Towards rear, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 7l behind Opus Maximus (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.

Knowe Head (NZ) 9-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Spes Nostra (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.

Postscript (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Held up in mid-division, good headway between horses over 1f out, led and edged left inside final furlong, pushed along and in control when edged right towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Justcallmehandsome (9-2) by 1l, 12 ran.

Opus Maximus (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Emerald Wilderness (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.

Hawaana (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression sson after, 5th of 9, 6l behind Changing The Guard (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.

Full Toss 6-1 (8-11) Tracked leader racing keenly, led before halfway, joined early straight, headed under pressure over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Elizabeth Coffee (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.

Snow Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Towards rear, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 4l behind Opus Maximus (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.

Chosen Forever 15-2 (9-1) Pressed leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Opus Maximus (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.

Maven 9-4fav (10-7) Made most, ridden 1f out, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating John Potts (11-0) by 1l, 10 ran.

Mountain Cat (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 18, 21l behind Barren Brook (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.