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  • (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 5, 6 runners)
  • Winner £1,819 2nd £534 3rd £267 4th £134
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 9.50s
  • Off time: 13:15:23
Full result
Result 13:10 Towcester
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Gorgehous Lliege 5/2f
2nd 4 Gers Benefit 6 10/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 323-36F
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Overafrica (IRE) 12
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 323-36F
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR: 100
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 p D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 100 3/1
2 1P2P-P6
Dark blue, yellow chevrons, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow hoop Al Shababiya (IRE) 13
  • T:T R Gretton
  • J:Felix De Giles
  • Form: 1P2P-P6
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5p
  • OR: 93
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 p T R Gretton Felix De Giles 93 16/1
3 158/0-54
Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Gorgehous Lliege (FR) 24
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 158/0-54
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 90
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 90 5/2f
4 608/0P-4
Dark green, yellow hoop, yellow sleeves, dark green armlets, yellow cap Gers Benefit (IRE) 18
  • T:C C Bealby
  • J:T Messenger
  • Form: 608/0P-4
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 87
  • Naps:
8 153 10-13 C C Bealby T Messenger 87 10/1
5 7-97143
White, Black braces, Black sleeves, White stars, Black cap, White star Roseini (IRE) 19
  • T:A W Carroll
  • J:Josh Hamer
  • Form: 7-97143
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 85
  • Naps:
6 151 10-11 A W Carroll Josh Hamer (7) 85 13/2
6 3746-31
Red, white cross of lorraine, white and red chevrons on sleeves, red and white hooped cap Thorncliffer 12
  • T:D Shaw
  • J:O Garner
  • Form: 3746-31
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-8t
  • OR: 82
  • Naps:
8 148 10-8 t D Shaw O Garner (7) 82 11/4

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Ballyegan (IRE)
  • T:R H Buckler
  • J:A Glassonbury
6 11-6 R H Buckler A Glassonbury 13/2
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In depth

Verdict

An ordinary-looking contest and THORNCLIFFER must be fancied to add to his victory at Wetherby off a 5lb higher mark. Today's rival Overafrica fell in that race and Ollie Garner again takes 7lb off Derek Shaw's charge which means he still gets weight from largely out-of-form rivals. Roseini is a possible exception as she was only beaten two lengths over 2m4f here last time. Gorgehous Lliege and Gers Benefit were both fourth last time but need to improve to figure in this.

Formwatch

Gorgehous Lliege (FR) 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, jumped right and bumped 1st, soon went 2nd, led 4th, headed next, led before 6th, not fluent and headed 9th, led before next, not fluent 11th, headed 4 out, weakened last, 4th of 7, 22l behind The Rockies (11-4) at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.

Gers Benefit (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Close up, ridden 3 out, weakened next, last of 4, 15l behind A Little Swifter (11-0) at Leicester 2m Mares Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs.

Overafrica (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Led to 10th, in 2nd when fell 13th, in a race won by Thorncliffer (9-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 7 ran.

Al Shababiya (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, under pressure after 5 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 49l behind The Big Freeze (11-12) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy.

Thorncliffer 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leader and keen, led 10th, ridden before 4 out, pressed last, kept on and eased last 25 yards, jockey mistook winning line, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Whistling Senator (11-11) by 1/2l, 7 ran.

Roseini (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) Chased leaders, mistake 7th, hampered 4 out, went 3rd approaching last, stayed on, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Armedanddangerous (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.