Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 55.60s
- Off time: 14:12:34
|1st||6 Oscar Prairie||7/1|
|2nd||3 Sunny Ledgend||2||14/1|
|3rd||8 Phare Isle||4½||8/1|
Spirit River (FR) 35
|9||166 11-12||Dave Roberts||Lee Edwards||130||33/1|
Sweeps Hill (NZ) 820
|10||166 11-12||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||130||16/1|
Sunny Ledgend 290
|9||161 11-7||Andrew Martin||Mr J Martin (7)||125||14/1|
Fishing Bridge (IRE) 297
|9||161 11-7 p1||D A Rees||Paul Moloney||125||16/1|
Pure Science (IRE) 22
|6||158 11-4||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||122||5/2|
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 24
|9||158 11-4 b||W Greatrex||W Featherstone (10)||122||7/1|
Astigos (FR) 3
|7||151 10-11||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||115||15/8f|
Phare Isle (IRE) 17
|9||150 10-10 pt||B I Case||Mr M J P Kendrick (7)||114||8/1|
Round The Horn (IRE) 379
|14||143 10-3 t||J A B Old||M D Grant||107||22/1|
||7||101 vt||A Middleton||James Banks||105||NR|
It will be interesting to see how Sweeps Hill fares today. He's been absent for a long time but was, at different times, regarded as a Champion Hurdle and a Gold Cup prospect when trained in Ireland. Sunny Ledgend, Fishing Bridge and veteran Round The Horn may also need this while Spirit River has been racing in point-to-points but Astigos was third at Market Rasen on Thursday and can figure if taking his chance. OSCAR PRAIRIE retains plenty of ability and is eased in grade here. With a 10lb claimer taking over the reins, the nine-year-old could end his losing run as Pure Science is proving a disappointment over hurdles and Phare Isle was beaten when falling at Huntingdon at the start of the month.
American Life (FR) 4-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 4 out, effort when jumped left last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind The Young Master (11-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Always in rear, 4th of 8, 44l behind Champagne West (10-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Sunny Ledgend 40-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, mistake 9th, weakened after 12th, 6th of 7, well behind Captain Conan (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Phare Isle (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, ridden and one pace before 2 out, disputing 7 lengths 4th when fell last, in a race won by Beauboreen (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy, 6 ran.
Astigos (FR) 2-1 (10-3) Led, jumped left at times, headed after 6th, led next, ridden and headed before 2 out, switched right flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Lamps (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy.
Pure Science (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, one pace 2 out, well held by leaders last, 4th of 10, 13l behind Awaywiththegreys (11-10) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Spirit River (FR) 13-2 (12-0) Held up; hdwy 11; led 3 out; sn hdd; ev ch last; no ex flat, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Cock Of The Rock (12-7) at Cornwall Hunt Club 3m ptp gs in Dec.
Sweeps Hill (NZ) 4-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, closed travelling well before straight, led under 1f out and soon clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Galway 2m 1f nov chs (1) hvy in Oct '11 beating Regal D'estruval (11-1) by 6l, 6 ran.
Fishing Bridge (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, led 3 out, mistake next, driven when left well clear at last, eased near finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Edgar Jones (10-12) by 28l, 10 ran.
Round The Horn (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, 11th of 14, 43l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan '13.