Patricia Atkinson Handicap Chase 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 5, 9 runners)
- Winner £2,144 2nd £630 3rd £315 4th £157
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 24.10s
- Off time: 15:11:13
|1st||8 Bill The Lad||11/1|
|2nd||2 Carli King||10||11/8f|
|3rd||4 Witch's Hat||1½||9/1|
Caspian Piper (IRE) 14
|6||166 11-12 b||Hugo Froud||Mikey Ennis (7)||100||25/1|
Carli King (IRE) 20
|7||164 11-10||Mrs Caroline Bailey||R Thornton||98||11/8f|
Freckle Face 15
|6||163 11-9||W G M Turner||T J Phelan||97||10/1|
Witch's Hat (IRE) 229
|10||150 10-10 t||J A B Old||M D Grant||84||9/1|
Top Benefit (IRE) 19
|11||148 10-8||R C Harper||James Banks (5)||82||22/1|
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 8
|10||148 10-8 pt||R Drake||Jonathan England (5)||82||25/1|
Bally Lagan (IRE) 18
|5||148 10-8 pt||R Dickin||C Poste||82||3/1|
Bill The Lad (IRE) 24
|6||147 10-7||P E Cowley||S Thomas||81||11/1|
Peak Seasons (IRE) 31
|10||143 10-3||M C Chapman||Joseph Cornwall (5)||77||20/1|
Topaze Collonges (FR)
||5||11-11||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||7/2|
This looks to be Carli King's best chance so far of getting a win over fences. He has won a couple of point-to-points and has been taking on better opposition so far this season under Rules. But we might take a chance on the fitness of WITCH'S HAT, who hasn't raced since May but is only a pound higher than when just beaten in a novices' handicap at Folkestone a year ago having won earlier at Leicester. Bally Lagan wasn't beaten far at the latter track last time but will find this ground plenty soft enough while Caspian Piper finished tailed off on his UK and chasing bow.
Bill The Lad (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Chased winner until before 5th, weakened from 11th, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Princely Player (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Carli King (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden when not fluent 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 4th of 6, 38l behind Funny Star (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Witch's Hat (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In touch, mistake 5 out, ridden and lost place after next, well beaten 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Lemon's Gent (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Top Benefit (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, lost place before 7th, mistake and struggling from 10th, tailed off, 7th of 10, 47l behind Quayside Court (9-10) at Towcester 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Led to 1st, lost place from 4th, soon struggling, 6th of 7, well behind Cloverhill Lad (11-2) at Hexham 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Caspian Piper (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Towards rear, ridden 11th, not much room next, not fluent 13th, weakened after next, mistake 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 48l behind Ifyousayso (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Bally Lagan (IRE) 6-5fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Crescent Beach (11-3) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3rd, not fluent 6th, well beaten from 11th, 6th of 8, well behind Mr Bachster (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gf in Nov.
Freckle Face 17-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, under pressure when blundered 13th, no chance with leaders from 4 out, 5th of 9, 32l behind Bobcatbilly (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.