David Goldie Retirement Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
Alex Hammond's Tip Of The Day (No Way Hozay - 17.10 S) To Win By Over 3 Lengths Up To Including 6 Lengths 7/1
- Winning time: 4m 19.80s
- Off time: 16:51:21
|1st||5 Bene Lad||10/1|
Kudu Country (IRE) 19
|7||166 11-12||T P Tate||Brian Harding||133||2/1|
Kealigolane (IRE) 15
|9||163 11-9||F P Murtagh||B Hughes||130||15/8f|
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 73
|8||160 11-6||N G Richards||D C Costello||127||10/3|
Predateur (FR) 16
|10||149 10-9 t||J J Lambe||Graham Watters (7)||116||10/1|
Bene Lad (IRE) 9
|11||142 10-2||J S Goldie||R McGrath||109||10/1|
KUDU COUNTRY never recovered from a blunder at the first fence in better company at Sandown last time. He had earlier finished runner-up to Desert Cry over course and distance and a repeat effort could see Tom Tate's charge get the better of main rival Kealigolane. The latter opened his account over fences at Carlisle earlier this month and should make another bold bid despite an 8lb rise. Houston Dynamo has won a novice chase and may figure on the back of a decent fifth at Musselburgh. He's preferred to the out of form pair Predateur and Bene Lad.
Bene Lad (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) With leaders, mistake 2nd, mistake 6th, lost place after 7th, in rear 8th, tailed off, last of 6, 50l behind Sacre Toi (11-10) at Ayr 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy.
Kealigolane (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Made all, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) hvy beating Vulcanite (11-7) by 4l, 4 ran.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway from 4 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 10, 8l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Kudu Country (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Behind, mistakes throughout, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Eastlake (10-8) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy, 9 ran.
Predateur (FR) 14-1 (10-10) In rear early, headway from 4 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, weakened, 7th of 10, 41l behind Smart Money (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy.