Stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial
- (Class 1, 8 runners)
- Surface: Turf
Balder Succes (FR) 28
|5||166 11-12||A King||R Thornton||145|
Countrywide Flame 24
|5||166 11-12||J J Quinn||155|
Dark Lover (GER) 36
|8||158 11-4||P F Nicholls||148|
Grandouet (FR) 35
|6||166 11-12||N J Henderson||166|
|8||158 11-4||Mrs S J Smith||135|
Peddlers Cross (IRE) 310
|8||158 11-4||D McCain Jnr||165|
Raya Star (IRE) 24
|7||162 11-8||A King||R Thornton||159|
Solwhit (FR) 19
|9||158 11-4||C Byrnes||164|
Balder Succes (FR) 7-1 (11-4) In touch until blundered badly and not much room 3rd, soon lost place, behind and struggling before 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 21, well behind Cause Of Causes (10-13) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) hvy in Dec.
Countrywide Flame 6-4fav (11-7) Tracked leading pair, led narrowly after 3 out, headed next, soon ridden and one pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 7, 9l behind Darlan (11-7) at Kempton 2m hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Grandouet (FR) 5-2 (11-8) Held up in 4th, tracked leading pair 3rd, effort approaching last, ridden and stayed on to press winner flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Zarkandar (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Raya Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, headway after 3 out, effort and every chance 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd approaching last, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Darlan (11-7) at Kempton 2m hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Dark Lover (GER) 9-2fav (11-8) Mid-division, smooth headway before 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, led going well approaching last where not fluent, driven clear flat, comfortably, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec beating Open Day (10-3) by 16l, 17 ran.
Mwaleshi 9-1 (10-12) Led, headed after last, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 7l behind Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Peddlers Cross (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Chased leaders early, dropped to 6th and switched towards outside 4th, reminders after 12th, under pressure when mistake and pecked 4 out, never able to challenge, soon weakened, 8th of 10, well behind Sir Des Champs (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Solwhit (FR) 13-8 (11-4) Settled in rear, headway before 3 out and went 3rd approaching 2 out, 2nd and soon ridden entering straight, no impression on winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Bog Warrior (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec.