Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 3, 12 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 54.20s
- Off time: 13:37:56
|1st||4 Chesil Beach Boy||7/2j|
|2nd||12 Minella Special||2¼||7/2j|
|3rd||3 Johns Spirit||½||6/1|
Harry Hunt 25
|5||166 11-12||G McPherson||T Molloy (3)||130||25/1|
|8||165 11-11||A King||Ciaran McKee (10)||129||20/1|
Johns Spirit (IRE) 26
|5||164 11-10||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||128||6/1|
Chesil Beach Boy 14
|9||156 11-2||M J Coombe||Mrs M Roberts (7)||120||7/2j|
Looks Like Slim 14
|5||153 10-13||B De Haan||Brendan Powell (5)||117||4/1|
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 15
|5||150 10-10 v1||D Pipe||J W Farrelly||114||14/1|
Piroulet (FR) 56
|6||148 10-8 b1||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||112||20/1|
James Pollard (IRE) 33
|7||144 10-4 t||B J Llewellyn||Mr R J Williams (7)||108||33/1|
Sun Quest 22
|8||144 10-4||S D Dixon||Mr R J Kirk (5)||108||8/1|
Is It Me (USA) 12
|9||143 10-3 t||Mrs S Leech||C Poste||107||66/1|
Dragon's Den (IRE) 22
|5||142 10-2||C J Down||A Glassonbury||106||10/1|
Minella Special (IRE) 14
|6||140 10-0||P Henderson||James Best (7)||103||7/2j|
Minnie Hill (IRE)
||7||11-1||V R A Dartnall||Edward Glassonbury||4/1|
JOHNS SPIRIT is consistent and gets the vote in a tricky opener as his Towcester conqueror, Gores Island, followed up under a penalty at Doncaster. Hat-trick-seeker Chesil Beach Boy is one of several C&D winners and should make his presence felt again, while Harry Hunt can't be ruled out despite top weight. Sun Quest's latest third at Taunton wasn't a bad effort and he's another with claims but Bathwick Brave is likely to find at least one too good again, despite a first-time visor. Dona may be the pick of the remainder.
Chesil Beach Boy 11-10fav (11-5) Held up, took keen hold, headway 3rd, hung right from before 2 out, soon went 2nd, challenged last, led flat, clear towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Minella Special (11-3) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Minella Special (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Led until after 2nd, led again before next, ridden and joined last, headed flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Chesil Beach Boy (11-5) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Johns Spirit (IRE) 11-8fav (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, hit 2 out, led last, headed close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Gores Island (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Harry Hunt 40-1 (10-11) Jumped left, always last, outpaced and no chance from 4th, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Sprinter Sacre (11-6) at Kempton 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) gd in Dec.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) In touch, driven and outpaced approaching 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression, 4th of 15, 9l behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
James Pollard (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, hampered 1st, headway after 5th, hit 3 out, weakened flat, 6th of 17, 20l behind Edgardo Sol (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Sun Quest 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, effort 2 out, every chance last, ridden and kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Dona 5-1 (10-11) Chased leadrs, dropped to rear 6th, never on terms after, 5th of 6, 28l behind State Benefit (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (4) sft.
Piroulet (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, never on terms, 4th of 9, 38l behind Sydney Paget (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Is It Me (USA) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, weakened approaching 6th, 8th of 9, 50l behind Double Handful (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Held up in 5th, headway to challenge after 4 out, led narrowly before 2 out, headed between last 2, ridden and kept on same pace flat, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Sunny Ledgend (10-7) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Looks Like Slim 20-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, good headway before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, driven and lost 2nd approaching last, no impression when weakened to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 15, 7l behind Ciceron (10-12) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft.