Braceys The Friendly Builders Merchant Novices' Handicap Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 48.20s
- Off time: 14:31:03
|1st||6 Kilcommon Pride||7/2|
|2nd||5 Flying Award||1½||4/1|
Always Bold (IRE) 42
|7||166 11-12 vt||M Keighley||A P Cawley||107||17/2|
|9||164 11-10 p||Mrs Caroline Bailey||A Thornton||105||8/1|
Macra Na Feirme (IRE) 21
|9||164 11-10||D A Rees||R Johnson||105||25/1|
Flying Award (IRE) 9
|8||164 11-10||Mrs S Gardner||Miss L Gardner (7)||105||4/1|
Kilcommon Pride (IRE) 27
|7||163 11-9 t||R Curtis||Hadden Frost||104||7/2|
Spot The Ball (IRE) 28
|7||159 11-5||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||100||6/4f|
Fly Town (IRE) 21
|7||156 11-2 t||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||97||25/1|
||7||1111||J S Smith||W Hutchinson||106||NR|
||7||119||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||104||NR|
||6||1011||Miss R Curtis||A Conlon||92||NR|
||8||11-12||Tim Vaughan||A P McCoy||13/8|
Spot The Ball failed to justify favouritism at Towcester last time and is now 18lb higher than when recording his only win at that track over fences in November. The Boss has yet to prove he stays this far but the trip will be no problem for KILCOMMON PRIDE, who won over 3m2f at Hereford two runs ago. A winner on this track on his chasing bow, Roger Curtis' charge can go in again. The lightly-weighted Fly Town and Sir Bere could also figure but Always Bold appears to have gone off the boil again and Dermatologiste may be too high in the weights now.
Iona Days (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Pressed leader, led 7th, headed after next, not fluent 13th (water), ridden 4 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 7, 18l behind Good Order (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
The Boss (IRE) 9-4fav (11-11) Disputed lead to 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 8, 22l behind Ballyoliver (11-2) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Sir Bere (FR) 8-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 4 out, plugged on same pace, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Frontier Spirit (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Kilcommon Pride (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Close up, went 2nd 6th, challenged 10th, led 12th, joined and pressed 4 out, headed 2 out, no extra before last, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Hopeful Start (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Flying Award (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Mid-division, lost place 10f out, behind 4f out, 9th of 12, 30l behind Kasbadali (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std.
Spot The Ball (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Held up, headway 4th, chased winner from 6th, ridden approaching 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Ukrainian Star (11-12) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Fly Town (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up in 3rd, chased winner approaching 4 out until next, weakened 2 out, last of 3, 31l behind How's Business (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Jan.
Dermatologiste 7-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 8th, chased leader before 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 20l behind Posh Bird (10-3) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Always Bold (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Always in rear, 6th of 9, 33l behind Niceonefrankie (10-10) at Hereford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Macra Na Feirme (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) In rear, not fluent, mistake 3rd, behind 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gentle Bob (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.