BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap (London Mile Qualifier) 1m
- (3yo, 1m, Class 5, 5 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 38.68s
- Off time: 20:00:58
|1st||4 Red Dragon||11/2|
|2nd||2 Black Dave||3¼||8/1|
Great Demeanor (USA) 6
|3||133 9-7||D R C Elsworth||L P Keniry||75||3/1|
Black Dave (IRE) 6
|3||129 9-3||P D Evans||A Kirby||71||8/1|
Al Enbess (IRE) 12
|3||127 9-1||D M Simcock||J P Spencer||69||4/5f|
Red Dragon (IRE) 22
|3||126 9-0||C Hills||R Winston||68||11/2|
Red Gift (IRE) 15
|3||124 8-12 b1||B Ellison||D Swift||66||16/1|
||3||9-2||J R Best||L Morris||9/1|
Great Demeanor wasn't beaten far on his handicap debut at Lingfield and makes more appeal than Black Dave over today's distance. Red Dragon's winning run came to end off today's mark last time and he's another with something to prove over a mile while Red Gift gets first-time blinkers after finishing runner-up on the Fibresand. AL ENBESS was quietly fancied to make a winning debut on Polytrack and didn't disappoint with a cosy win at Lingfield. David Simcock's colt gets the vote on his handicap bow with further progress expected.
Red Dragon (IRE) 9-4 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 3, 1 3/4l behind Prophets Pride (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Black Dave (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Took keen hold, in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Teophilip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Great Demeanor (USA) 8-1 (8-11) Led, kept narrow lead when strongly pressed from over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, headed final 100 yards, kept on same pace in closing stages, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind King George River (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Red Gift (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Misleading Promise (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Al Enbess (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, headway to lead over 1f out, pushed out, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Huffoof (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.