Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel Handicap 1m 4f
- (4yo+, 1m 4f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 29.73s
- Off time: 13:20:56
|1st||7 Harry Buckle||2/1j|
|2nd||1 Focail Maith||2||4/1|
Focail Maith 18
|5||135 9-9 p||J Ryan||F Sweeney||83||4/1|
|4||132 9-6||B R Johnson||I Mongan||84||2/1j|
|4||130 9-4||H Morrison||William Twiston-Davies (5)||82||5/1|
Scottish Boogie (IRE) 15
|6||129 9-3||B G Powell||S Sanders||77||12/1|
While You Wait (IRE) 24
|4||126 9-0||G L Moore||C Catlin||78||25/1|
Harry Buckle 19
|4||124 8-12||P J McBride||William Carson||76||2/1j|
|6||122 8-10 b||P S McEntee||L Mayor (5)||70||20/1|
||8||96||M Mullineaux||Robert Tart||80||NR|
Focail Maith has leading claims. He finished ahead of Sir Boss when runner-up at Wolverhampton last time and beat Noble Silk over course and distance in December which gives him the edge over Solfilia. CAYUGA opened his account over a shorter trip here in August and went very close to making a winning return at this track last month. The Montjeu colt has plenty of scope over this extra distance and gets the vote. While You Wait is a winner in Ireland and also unexposed on the Flat. He's been hurdling along with Scottish Boogie while Harry Buckle is improving with a couple of wins over 1m2f here to his name.
Sir Boss (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Mid-division on outside, headway to track leader after 4f, ridden and every chance 1f out, kept on, held final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Cool Sky (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Harry Buckle 3-1 (8-7) Always prominent, led over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Ajeeb (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Focail Maith 8-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, driven and headway 3f out, ridden to chase winner when edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace, held final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind De Rigueur (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Solfilia 7-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway inside final 2f, ridden to chase leaders inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Noble Silk (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Scottish Boogie (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct beating Aldwick Bay (9-11) by nk, 16 ran.
Cayuga 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Kaafel (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Activate 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd approaching halfway, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost 2nd and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Right Stuff (9-9) at Lingfield 2m clm stks (6) pol.
While You Wait (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, weakened, last of 9, 24l behind Massiyn (9-12) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo hcp 60-100 sft in Jun.