Abbey Tool & Gauge Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 4, 10 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 7.90s
- Off time: 13:30:33
Captain Brown 83
|6||166 11-12||James Moffatt||B Hughes||115||11/2|
|8||166 11-12 t||M A Barnes||Daragh Bourke (7)||115||33/1|
Keeneland (IRE) 20
|7||165 11-11||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||114||12/1|
Rhymers Ha' 37
|7||165 11-11 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Craig Nichol (5)||114||20/1|
Pulpitarian (USA) 85
|6||162 11-8||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||111||10/1|
War Lord (IRE) 142
|4||160 11-6||P A Kirby||F Keniry||116||8/1|
Trust Thomas 38
|6||160 11-6 t1||Mrs A Hamilton||G B Watters (7)||109||10/3f|
Damascus Steel (IRE) 80
|6||159 11-5||Mrs A C Hamilton||Brian Harding||108||12/1|
Spitz (FR) 21
|6||158 11-4 h||Mrs R Dobbin||K Renwick||107||9/1|
Bright Applause 109
|6||154 11-0||Miss Tracy Waggott||Adam Nicol (5)||103||7/2|
Donald McCain is the leading trainer here and it will be interesting to see if there is any money for Keeneland following a pipe-opener at Sedgefield. Captain Brown was second over course and distance in October but has a poor strike-rate. War Lord won at Sedgefield on only his second start over hurdles but that was in October and he hasn't been seen since. SPITZ should do better now going handicapping as he was third over track and trip in a maiden hurdle in the autumn and doesn't look badly treated on that form. Musselburgh fourth Trust Thomas looks the pick of the remainder.
Keeneland (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place before 6th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, last of 6, 49l behind Forward Flight (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Overpriced 15-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, reminders before 4 out, never on terms, weakened 2 out, 7th of 8, 24l behind Sparkling Hand (10-6) at Newcastle 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Spitz (FR) 10-1 (11-1) Mid-division, driven before 2 out, ridden to chase leaders between last 2, weakened flat, 6th of 10, 12l behind Desoto County (11-1) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Led, headed after 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, last of 7, 48l behind Call Box (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Rhymers Ha' 11-1 (10-3) In rear, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Suprise Vendor (10-0) at Kelso 2m 1f (3) gs in Feb.
Pulpitarian (USA) 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders briefly after 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Secrete Stream (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Trust Thomas 15-2 (10-3) Towards rear, headway before 5th, chased leaders before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 13l behind Figaro (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Bright Applause 9-2 (11-3) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 4th 3 out, went 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Travis County (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
War Lord (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) With leader, took keen hold, led 3 out, pressed when blundered last, kept on gamely, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Dispour (11-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Captain Brown 9-1 (11-4) Led, headed 2f out, beaten and edged left over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 11, 13l behind Ubaltique (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.