Direct 365 Business Necessities Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 5, 5 runners)
- Winner £1,819 2nd £534 3rd £267 4th £134
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 13.25s
- Off time: 15:10:51
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) (ex7) 5
|6||173 12-5 b||T Coyle||B Toomey (3)||97||85/40f|
Silver Steel (FR) 26
|9||162 11-8 t||R Ford||Lucy Alexander (3)||93||9/1|
Pickworth (IRE) 29
|7||158 11-4 p||P A Kirby||J Reveley||89||3/1|
Capisci (IRE) 11
|7||151 10-11||S-J Davies||L Treadwell||82||7/1|
Flichity (IRE) 10
|7||140 10-0||J R Cornwall||Joseph Cornwall (5)||70||5/2|
O Crotaigh (IRE)
||7||11-3||A D Brown||Danny Cook||3/1|
BILLY CUCKOO has a 7lb penalty for last week's victory at Wetherby. However, that's still the best form on offer and Tony Coyle's charge can shrug off a heavy burden and go in again. Silver Steel was unsupported at Stratford when attempting to follow-up an earlier win at Perth and ran accordingly but Flichity posted a much better effort at Southwell last time and he may figure. Pickworth landed a double over hurdles early in the year but was tailed off on her chasing debut before that and Capisci has yet to show any worthwhile form.
Pickworth (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Led until 3 out, weakened last, 8th of 10, 20l behind Florafern (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Capisci (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Chased leading pair, ridden and no chance with leaders 4 out, weakened flat and lost three places, last of 6, 23l behind Farewellatmidnight (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Prominent, left in lead 7th, headed 9th, led again before 4 out, kept on under pressure, all out, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft beating Doberdan (10-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Silver Steel (FR) 16-1 (11-1) In touch, headway after 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 18l behind Roc De Guye (10-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Flichity (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Behind, steady headway 11th, ridden after next, chased leaders after 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, held when mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Oscar Leney (10-6) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.