BJP Insurance Brokers Open Hunters' Chase 3m
- (6yo+, 3m, Class 6, 8 runners)
- Winner £988 2nd £304 3rd £152
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 59.90s
- Off time: 16:56:34
|1st||8 Paint The Clouds||6/4f|
|2nd||5 Seigneur Des Bois||19||20/1|
Offshore Account (IRE) 33
|14||174 12-6 pt||Tracey Bailey||Mr Dominic Sutton (7)||117||7/1|
Prince Tom 264
|10||174 12-6||A Dunn||Mr Nick Williams||135||10/3|
Johnny's Way 19
|10||170 12-2 p||G Foot||Mr M Legg (5)||130||7/1|
Larks Lad (IRE) 153
|10||170 12-2||M Foley||Mr Sam Painting (7)||117||20/1|
Seigneur Des Bois (FR) 22
|8||170 12-2 b1||D Buckett||Mr T Ellis (3)||110||20/1|
Hudson Gunner (IRE) 47
|7||166 11-12 p1||Francesca Nimmo||Mr J M Ridley (5)||14/1|
Maurisca (FR) 1061
|9||166 11-12||R Bandey||Mrs Claire Hardwick (7)||121||12/1|
Paint The Clouds 371
|9||166 11-12||W Greatrex||Mr S Waley-Cohen||114||6/4f|
Offshore Account (IRE)
||13||12-2||Tracey Bailey||Mr Dominic Sutton||10/1|
Offshore Account is bidding for a hat-trick in this contest and, despite his advancing years, is likely to make a bold bid again after a recent second between the flags. Paint The Clouds has won eight times under Rules and could be interesting on his first start in a hunter chase if fully wound-up but we'll taken a chance on the fitness of the former Paul Nicholls inmate PRINCE TOM. Alex Dunn has a good record with other trainers' cast-offs and Nick Williams is an accomplished amateur rider. Larks Lad is useful when in the mood and may be the pick of the remainder, though he's better on a sound surface.
Paint The Clouds 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened before 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) sft in Mar '13, 23 ran.
Seigneur Des Bois (FR) 3-1 (11-13) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd 4th until not fluent 9th, soon lost place, struggling in modest 6th after 4 out, rallied 2 out, kept on flat, 5th of 8, 7l behind Martys Mission (12-1) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Feb.
Maurisca (FR) 15-8fav (11-8) Held up in rear, hit 1st, headway approaching 8th, pecked 12th, led approaching 2 out, hung left and jumped left thereafter, headed flat, one pace, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Fort View (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Apr '11.
Offshore Account (IRE) 5-4 (12-0) (cp) (tt) ap; led 13-3 out & 2 out til hdd last; no ex, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Arthurian Legend (12-0) at Vine & Craven 3m ptp sft in Feb.
Prince Tom 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden when hit 4 out and 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 18, 13l behind Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Johnny's Way 7-1 (12-7) (cp) w ldrs til wknd 15, 3rd of 6, 31l behind Coombe Hill (12-7) at Quantock Staghounds 3m ptp sft.
Larks Lad (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Mid-division, behind from 7th, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Hudson Gunner (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) (cp) held up; hdwy to ld 15; stayed on wl, won at Burton 3m ptp gd in Feb beating My Alfie (12-0) by 4l, 15 ran.