Ladbrokes Handicap 7f
- (4yo+, 7f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £5,822 2nd £1,732 3rd £866 4th £433
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 22.50s
- Off time: 16:03:06
|1st||5 Forceful Appeal||3/1|
|2nd||9 Living The Life||¾||16/1|
|3rd||1 Regal Dan||2||9/4f|
Regal Dan (IRE) 107
|4||133 9-7||C Hills||T P Queally||85||9/4f|
Favourite Treat (USA) 17
|4||130 9-4||M Johnston||J Fanning||82||6/1|
Rakaan (IRE) 7
|7||130 9-4 p||J A Osborne||G Baker||82||10/1|
Forceful Appeal (USA) 28
|6||129 9-3||S Dow||G Lee||81||3/1|
Combustible (IRE) 128
|4||126 9-0 h||D M Loughnane||Stephen Craine||78||20/1|
Al's Memory (IRE) 17
|5||126 9-0||P D Evans||S Donohoe||78||20/1|
Pearl Nation (USA) 17
|5||125 8-13||B P J Baugh||Freddie Tylicki||77||4/1|
Living The Life (IRE) 30
|4||124 8-12 v1||P S McEntee||P Aspell||76||16/1|
||4||94||T E Powell||Non Runner||82||NR|
||5||8-11||A J Mccabe||Martin Harley||5/1|
Regal Dan has just one victory to his name in 2012 but is consistent enough which is why he's still on a higher mark. Favourite Treat generally competes at a higher level but dropped to this class in a handicap for the first time earlier this month and ran well for a long way before fading. Supporters of Rakaan have had their fingers burnt in his last two starts and he's probably better over a longer trip. COMBUSTIBLE has more scope than most of these having won on Fibresand and Turf in just eight starts. She hasn't raced since October when an unlucky loser at Kempton but hopefully she'll be ready for this and can gain another success. Pearl Nation has yet to win on the all-weather and is having his first start on this track.
Snow King (USA) 33-1 (8-12) Always behind, last of 11, 11l behind Rebellious Guest (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 20-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 4l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Living The Life (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, kept wide until led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Nassau Storm (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Regal Dan (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Common Touch (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Rakaan (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-1) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Pearl Nation (USA) 9-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, effort entering final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Abi Scarlet (8-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Favourite Treat (USA) 9-4 (9-7) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Corporal Maddox (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Al's Memory (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd 5f out, pushed along inside final 3f, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind Corporal Maddox (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Combustible (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Restrained at start, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Mystical Sapphire (9-5) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Oct.