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- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 47.50s
- Off time: 15:10:32
|1st||8 Tidal Dance||5/6f|
Knockanrawley (IRE) 31
|6||158 11-4||K C Bailey||J M Maguire||131||5/2|
Ivy Gate (IRE) 31
|6||152 10-12||Jonjo O'Neill||Maurice Linehan (5)||16/1|
Kaikias (IRE) 43
|7||152 10-12 b1||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||40/1|
Spike Mac (IRE) 101
|9||152 10-12||R C Harper||A Thornton||150/1|
Sybarite (FR) 29
|8||152 10-12||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||116||9/2|
Tidal Dance (IRE) 8
|7||152 10-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||121||5/6f|
||6||1012||T R George||A Conlon||NR|
||6||1012||R Lee||R Johnson||125||NR|
SYBARITE stayed on strongly to take second place behind Josies Orders in a novices' handicap at Ascot last month. The third won at Wincanton earlier this week so the form has a solid look about it and Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding should relish the stiff finish here. Tidal Dance was very well backed for a Pertemps qualifier at Warwick last week but fell at the third. He should be recouping losses sooner rather than later. Kris Spin ran well behind a subsequent winner at Chepstow and can't be ignored while course winner Knockanrawley was just beaten in a decent novice contest over 2m5f here last time and is improving. Gorsky Island and Ivy Gate are other to consider in an above-average heat.
Gorsky Island 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 10th, 3rd and ridden when switched inside after 2 out, stayed on to chase winner approaching last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Walk On Al (10-12) at Southwell 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Kris Spin (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 3 lengths down and outpaced when left 3rd 3 out, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Sausalito Sunrise (10-9) at Chepstow 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Tidal Dance (IRE) 5-2fav (10-0) Held up, fell 3rd, in a race won by Uncle Jimmy (10-1) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy, 12 ran.
Knockanrawley (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, ridden before next, soon hard pressed, headed narrowly flat, kept on, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Mountain Tunes (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Ivy Gate (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased winner, hit 7th, no chance from 2 out, hit last, dropped to 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Tagrita (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sybarite (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, hit 8th, headway travelling well before 2 out, chased leaders before last, went 2nd soon after last, kept on, readily held, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Josies Orders (11-6) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Kaikias (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Soon behind, pushed along from 3rd, reminders 5th, lost touch before 4 out, no chance with leaders, 5th of 7, well behind Sausalito Sunrise (10-9) at Chepstow 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Spike Mac (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Soon hopelessly tailed off, left 3rd when stopped by official before 3 out due to horse falling at hurdle, waved on some time after, bypassed 3 out, jumped last 2 and finished eventually, 3rd of 4, well behind Bob Tucker (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.