Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Handicap Chase 3m 110y
- (5yo+, 3m 110y, Class 5, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 51.70s
- Off time: 13:40:16
|1st||2 Smart Exit||7/2|
|2nd||10 Samson Collonges||nk||14/1|
|3rd||3 Mansonien L'as||½||11/8f|
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 30
|8||166 11-12 p||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||99||28/1|
Smart Exit (IRE) 31
|7||166 11-12 p||Mrs P Robeson||Joshua Moore (3)||99||7/2|
Mansonien L'as (FR) 24
|8||162 11-8 p||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||95||11/8f|
Miss Saffron 56
|11||161 11-7||Mrs S Gardner||Miss L Gardner (5)||94||14/1|
Black Is Beautiful (FR) 30
|6||160 11-6||R Lee||J E Moore||93||11/2|
Somerby (IRE) 68
|11||154 11-0 t||Mrs R Ford||A Thornton||87||22/1|
Artic Night (FR) 28
|8||152 10-12 bt||N A Twiston-Davies||David England||85||66/1|
Top Benefit (IRE) 31
|12||146 10-6||R C Harper||James Banks (5)||79||33/1|
Kilvergan Boy (IRE) 24
|10||141 10-1 p||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||74||12/1|
Samson Collonges (FR) 15
|8||140 10-0||Rebecca Menzies||Tony Kelly (3)||72||14/1|
Mansonien L'as easily beat Kilvergan Boy over track and trip on Boxing Day with a subsequent winner in third. Donald McCain's eight-year-old was raised 13lb for that effort but is still fancied to confirm running with the runner-up. Black Is Beautiful and Somerby could figure while Bishophill Jack won over course and distance off a 2lb higher mark last May, though it was faster ground that day. SMART EXIT couldn't quite peg back Gorgehous Lliege here last month but it was still a decent effort by Renee Robeson's charge, who has been left on the same mark. He can enjoy a deserved change of luck today.
Smart Exit (IRE) 9-4 (10-3) Pressed winner, led narrowly 7th to 11th, with winner, ridden before 2 out, 4 lengths down last, kept on under pressure flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Gorgehous Lliege (10-10) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Samson Collonges (FR) 20-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, every chance before 3 out, kept on and no impression from before 2 out, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Dingo Bay (10-8) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Mansonien L'as (FR) 11-2 (10-13) Prominent, led 14th, clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec beating Kilvergan Boy (9-12) by 27l, 11 ran.
Somerby (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Prominent, lost place 5th, struggling after 4 out, went modest 4th 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Seventh Hussar (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Top Benefit (IRE) 22-1 (10-3) Led to 3rd, tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, weakened after next, left moderate 4th last, 4th of 9, 17l behind Bill The Lad (10-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Black Is Beautiful (FR) 5-2fav (11-5) Behind, reminder 9th, struggling 12th, tailed off 4 out, 7th of 10, well behind Dark Glacier (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders to 13th, soon behind, tailed off when mistake 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Dark Glacier (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Miss Saffron 7-1 (9-12) Behind, chased leaders 3 out, soon ridden, went remote 3rd approaching, no chance with leaders, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Musical Wedge (11-2) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Artic Night (FR) 12-1 (10-13) In rear, ridden 7th, never a factor, 8th of 11, 44l behind Night Of Passion (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Kilvergan Boy (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden in 4th after 12th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 27l behind Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.