Back And Lay At betdaq.com Handicap 7f
- (3yo, 7f, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 25.82s
- Off time: 20:16:25
|1st||3 Melvin The Grate||5/2|
|2nd||6 Isis Blue||½||10/1|
Mystical Sapphire 69
|3||133 9-7||Miss Jo Crowley||L P Keniry||81||9/4|
Flashlight (IRE) 23
|3||132 9-6||M Johnston||J Fanning||80||7/4f|
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 126
|3||131 9-5||A M Balding||J P Spencer||79||5/2|
|3||130 9-4||C E Brittain||N Callan||78||8/1|
Isis Blue 147
|3||121 8-9||B R Millman||Andrea Atzeni||69||10/1|
||3||91||Mrs H Main||Ryan Tate||75||NR|
Isis Blue is the only one easily dismissed in tight handicap. Even Hasanan has a chance on her first start since August as she finished fourth in Listed company at Newmarket last season but this looks between the recent winners. Flashlight beat little to land his maiden at Wolverhampton last month and Melvin The Grate's maiden victory over track and trip in November looks stronger form. Byroness bids for a hat-trick of handicap wins off a 7lb higher mark today and the unbeaten MYSTICAL SAPPHIRE has been raised 8lb for her latest win over course and distance, but Jo Crowley's filly beat a couple of subsequent winners with the minimum of fuss on her handicap debut and is worth sticking with here.
Byroness 13-8fav (8-13) Keen early, tracked leaders on inside, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Kempton 7f fll hcp (5) pol in Feb beating Tiger's Home (8-9) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Led early, tracked leader, driven over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Short Squeeze (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Isis Blue 10-1 (9-3) Soon mid-division, lost place well over 2f out, 12th of 14, 17l behind Secret Number (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Mystical Sapphire 11-2 (9-7) Held up in touch, closed going well 2f out, led over 1f out, shaken up to assert, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Ashamaly (9-9) by 2l, 6 ran.
Flashlight (IRE) 1-3fav (8-12) Tracked leader, led and edged right over 1f out, hung right final furlong, ran on, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Loulou Vuitton (8-7) by 5l, 7 ran.
Hasanan 12-1 (8-12) With leaders, led over 5f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Dundonnell (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Aug.