John Ratcliffe Retirement Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 0.95s
- Off time: 14:20:25
|1st||9 Olympian Boy||7/1|
|2nd||5 Sunny Ledgend||1¾||7/2j|
Free World (FR) 98
|9||166 11-12 ht||Tim Vaughan||R J Killoran||130||16/1|
Takeroc (FR) 14
|10||165 11-11 t||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||129||14/1|
Keki Buku (FR) 469
|10||164 11-10 t||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||128||5/1|
Nozic (FR) 14
|12||164 11-10 bt||Miss Z C Davison||Gemma Gracey-Davison (5)||128||6/1|
Sunny Ledgend 15
|8||161 11-7||Andrew Martin||Mr J Martin (7)||125||7/2j|
Lord Singer (FR) 20
|8||158 11-4||G L Moore||J E Moore||122||7/2j|
Anay Turge (FR) 13
|8||151 10-11 t||N J Hawke||M J Quinlan (3)||115||25/1|
Christopher Wren (USA) 20
|6||151 10-11||N J Gifford||A P McCoy||115||7/1|
Olympian Boy (IRE) 20
|9||144 10-4||Mrs S Leech||Paul Moloney||108||7/1|
Song Sung Blue (IRE)
||9||11-12||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||9/2|
Christopher Wren has been a big disappointment this season and his jumping is a concern over these tricky fences. Veteran Nozic gained a deserved success at Kempton two weeks ago and should confirm that running with fourth Takeroc while Sunny Ledgend won at Lingfield before finishing third at Huntingdon, though will find this plenty sharp enough. Gary Moore's stable is on a terrific run and LORD SINGER looked as though his turn was imminent when chasing home Eastlake here earlier in the month. He races off the same mark and can go one better as Keki Buku, who has form at a higher level, returns from a lengthy absence.
Olympian Boy (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway from halfway, every chance 3 out, kept on well, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Shangani (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Sunny Ledgend 8-1 (11-5) Prominent, jumped left and pecked 1st, led 15th, pecked 3 out, headed when pecked again 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Arbeo (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Takeroc (FR) 8-1 (11-9) Held up in 5th, went 4th at 6th, ridden and no chance from 4 out, 4th of 7, 19l behind Nozic (10-10) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
Nozic (FR) 4-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led 4 out, clear from 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs beating Kie (11-8) by 13l, 7 ran.
Lord Singer (FR) 8-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, went 2nd 8th, ridden to challenge 2 out, mistake last, no extra, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Eastlake (10-8) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy.
Christopher Wren (USA) 4-1 (11-9) In touch, mistake 3rd, lost place halfway, soon beaten, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Shangani (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy, 7 ran.
Free World (FR) 12-1 (11-1) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, not fluent next, no threat after, 8th of 14, 23l behind Shooters Wood (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Keki Buku (FR) 8-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway 9th, went 4th flat, stayed on, 4th of 17, 9l behind Tanks For That (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov '11.
Anay Turge (FR) 10-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, challenged 4 out, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 7, 20l behind Greywell Boy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.