Bentley Homes Handicap Hurdle 3m 3f
- (4yo+, 3m 3f, Class 2, 9 runners)
- Winner £16,245 2nd £4,770 3rd £2,385 4th £1,192
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 40.30s
- Off time: 14:32:25
|1st||1 Lie Forrit||5/1|
|2nd||7 Neptune Equester||¾||14/1|
Lie Forrit (IRE) 97
|10||166 11-12||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||140||5/1|
Who Owns Me (IRE) 21
|8||159 11-5 b||C J Mann||J Reveley||133||10/1|
Drop Out Joe 21
|6||157 11-3||C E Longsdon||Brian Harding||131||9/2|
|9||156 11-2||Mrs S J Smith||Daragh Bourke (7)||130||3/1f|
Arctic Court (IRE) 48
|10||149 10-9||J S Goldie||K Renwick||123||8/1|
Hellorboston (IRE) 24
|6||147 10-7 b||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||121||10/1|
Neptune Equester 15
|11||144 10-4||A M Thomson||Ryan Mania||118||14/1|
Wolf Shield (IRE) 35
|7||144 10-4 p1||G M Moore||F Keniry||118||9/1|
Quel Elite (FR) 24
|10||140 10-0 v||James Moffatt||B Hughes||111||9/1|
Hellorboston only won by half-a-length at Bangor and is 6lb higher here but a return to a longer trip should help. Lackamon made a bold attempt to make all at Newcastle last week but got collared at the last. A 5lb rise in the weights has done him no favours, however, while Wetherby scorer Who Owns Me has been raised a further 3lb since finishing second at Newbury. DROP OUT JOE probably deserves a change of luck as he bounces off this good ground. He couldn't match the finishing kick of Dawn Commander at Doncaster three weeks ago but none of these appear to have the pace of that bumper winner. Wolf Shield won in a lesser grade at Newcastle in January but has been well beaten in other recent starts.
Lie Forrit (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) With leader until ridden 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 9, 37l behind Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Neptune Equester 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, lost place before 5th, weakened 15th, tailed off, 6th of 9, 48l behind Bradley (11-9) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Lackamon 13-2 (11-0) Led from 2nd, headed before 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Wayward Glance (11-4) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Quel Elite (FR) 9-2 (10-9) Close up, tracked leading pair 7th, ridden 3 out, plugged on one pace, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Alpha Victor (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Arctic Court (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Mid-division, badly hampered 4 out, not recover, pulled up before next, in a race won by Wyse Hill Teabags (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb, 11 ran.
Hellorboston (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Led until 4th, tracked leader, joined leader 7th, ridden 3 out, hit and led narrowly last, driven out, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Mudita Moment (11-12) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Wolf Shield (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, outpaced from 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, went 3rd run-in, 3rd of 13, 33l behind Top Wood (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Who Owns Me (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led until approaching 3 out, chased leader until before next, chased leading pair, hung left under pressure and one pace after 2 out, hung left under pressure flat, went 2nd final 120 yards, kept on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Billy Twyford (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Drop Out Joe 9-4fav (11-4) Led, not fluent 3 out, ridden and headed when not much room 2 out, soon switched right, stayed on same pace and held by winner after, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Dawn Commander (11-7) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd.