Ultima's Matt Hudson Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 2, 8 runners)
- Winner £12,660 2nd £3,740 3rd £1,870 4th £936 5th £468
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 0.42s
- Off time: 14:21:55
|1st||1 Pepite Rose||8/1|
|2nd||6 Tony Star||12||4/1f|
|3rd||2 Bally Legend||12||15/2|
Pepite Rose (FR) 49
|7||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||145||8/1|
Bally Legend 28
|9||165 11-11||Mrs Caroline Keevil||Ian Popham||144||15/2|
Grandads Horse 11
|8||159 11-5 p||C E Longsdon||Kielan Woods (3)||138||7/1|
Tony Star (FR) 11
|7||154 11-0||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||133||4/1f|
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 21
|6||150 10-10 bt||P F Nicholls||A P McCoy||129||8/1|
Greywell Boy 15
|7||145 10-5||Nick Williams||T Scudamore||124||5/1|
Tara Rose 21
|9||144 10-4 t||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||123||7/1|
Balzaccio (FR) 19
|9||141 10-1||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||120||11/2|
||9||119||V R A Dartnall||Jack Doyle||142||NR|
||7||117 t1||P F Nicholls||Harry Derham||140||NR|
Bally Legend's victory in a Grade 3 handicap at Kempton four weeks ago was unexpected but he'd go close in this with a repeat performance, though Domtaline was giving him 3lb when only beaten a neck at Exeter in December and is receiving weight here. The latter looks the best of Paul Nicholls' runners as Ulck Du Lin has been a big disappointment this season. Greywell Boy is back over a longer trip after winning at Sandown and may be in the handicapper's grip now, though is still preferred to Pepite Rose and Balzaccio. Tony Star and GRANDADS HORSE are out to advertise Cheltenham form, though both were well beaten behind Present View at The Festival. The latter had more excuses as he was having his first run since November and wouldn't have enjoyed the tacky ground. He beat Tara Rose at Wetherby in the autumn and isn't badly treated on that form.
Roudoudou Ville (FR) 3-1fav (11-9) Held up behind leaders on outside, closed and went 2nd 1st, 4th and outpaced when mistake 3 out, soon well beaten pulled up after, in a race won by Rosslyn Castle (10-11) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft, 6 ran.
Domtaline (FR) 3-1 (10-10) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd 2f out until ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, lost 4th final stride, 5th of 13, 5l behind Tanks For That (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Pepite Rose (FR) 7-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, closed before 3 out, soon ridden and beaten, weakened before next, last of 8, 41l behind Grey Gold (11-2) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Tony Star (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden and stayed on into mid-division 2 out, never near leaders, 8th of 19, 12l behind Present View (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) gs.
Bally Legend 28-1 (10-12) Chased leaders in 5th, went 3rd before 3 out, stayed on under pressure between horses to lead approaching and hit last, driven and stayed on flat, won at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb beating Bury Parade (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 7-2 (10-13) Held up in last pair, headway on inside to track leaders 5th(water), weakened soon after 11th, 5th of 7, 23l behind Shangani (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy.
Balzaccio (FR) 11-4 (11-3) Held up in touch, not fluent 10th, soon outpaced, headway before 2 out, left 2nd at last, kept on and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Galway Jack (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.
Greywell Boy 5-4fav (11-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4th, pushed along after 4 out, led 3 out, driven and stayed on gamely run-in, won at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft beating Bullet Street (11-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Tara Rose 8-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 8th and next, went 4th bypassing omitted 3 out, stayed on same pace and no impression from next, 4th of 7, 10l behind Shangani (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy.
Grandads Horse 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 12th of 19, 27l behind Present View (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) gs.