Grand National 6 Places At BetVictor.com Handicap 7f
- (4yo+, 7f, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 25.36s
- Off time: 19:25:21
|2nd||3 Strong Man||1½||2/1f|
|3rd||4 Ocean Legend||hd||4/1|
Basingstoke (IRE) 21
|5||133 9-7||S Hodgson||S J Drowne||75||10/1|
|5||132 9-6 p||Dr J D Scargill||R Kingscote||74||5/1|
Strong Man 21
|6||131 9-5 b||M W Easterby||G Gibbons||73||2/1f|
Ocean Legend (IRE) 20
|9||130 9-4||A W Carroll||T P Queally||72||4/1|
Light Rose (IRE) 149
|4||130 9-4||J Gask||A Kirby||72||6/1|
|4||130 9-4 p||George Baker||R Hughes||72||16/1|
George Baker (IRE) 148
|7||128 9-2||George Baker||William Buick||70||8/1|
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 8
|5||126 9-0 v||J R Best||R Havlin||68||16/1|
Ocean Legend (IRE)
||8||9-2||A W Carroll||K Fallon||8/1|
Something went amiss with Basingstoke last time when attempting to land a hat-trick of wins at Southwell. Both Bountybeamadam and George Baker signed off last season with shocking efforts, though today's jockey bookings suggest much better is expected today. Fanoos is finding her current mark beyond her and recent course and distance winner Strong Man may also struggle off a 5lb higher mark. LIGHT ROSE ran well without success last year and drops down a grade for her return. Jeremy Gask's filly could sneak her head in front here given the doubts surrounding most of the competition.
Fanoos 3-1fav (9-7) Dwelt, raced wide in touch, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, faded final furlong, 7th of 8, 3l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Strong Man 9-2 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Seek The Fair Land (9-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 4-1fav (9-12) Led early, headed after 2f, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 13, 5l behind Reckless Lad (9-1) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Light Rose (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, edged left and lost 2nd inside final furlong, soon no extra, lost 4th final stides, 5th of 12, 4l behind Cayuga (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
George Baker (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 23l behind Cape Samba (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Bountybeamadam 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, lost place before halfway, soon eased, last of 21, well behind Four Winds (9-5) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Spellmaker (8-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Basingstoke (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader until halfway, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 20l behind Patriotic (9-4) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.