East Bilney Handicap Chase 2m 5f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 5f 110y, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £2,089 2nd £617 3rd £309 4th £154 5th £77
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 2.43s
- Off time: 15:30:11
|1st||3 Full Ov Beans||11/2|
|2nd||1 Got Attitude||29||16/1|
Got Attitude (IRE) 36
|11||166 11-12||A W Carroll||Lee Edwards||100||16/1|
Cruising Bye 38
|8||163 11-9 h||P Bowen||T J O'Brien||97||11/4f|
Full Ov Beans 22
|10||160 11-6||M Gates||Miss A Stirling (7)||94||11/2|
Midnight Charmer 23
|8||159 11-5||Miss E Baker||James Banks (5)||93||3/1|
Bill The Lad (IRE) 28
|7||154 11-0||P E Cowley||S Thomas||88||3/1|
Goring Two (IRE) 10
|9||152 10-12 v1||Miss A M Newton-Smith||A Thornton||86||12/1|
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 16
|11||140 10-0||J R Cornwall||Joseph Cornwall (5)||70||33/1|
Midnight Charmer never seems to run a bad race and is back in the right grade after his latest third at Warwick. He won't be far away again while Full Ov Beans overcame trouble in-running to score by a wide margin here on New Year's Day. Ally Stirling again takes off 7lb but CRUISING BYE has much more scope than his rivals and, having made a successful start to his chase career when beating a subsequent winner at Ffos Las, can double his tally here. Bill The Lad's Towcester victory was franked but he was disappointing when a short-priced favourite on a return visit to the track on Boxing Day.
Full Ov Beans 7-2 (10-8) Prominent, hampered when left in lead 2nd, well clear from 4 out, very easily, won at Fakenham 2m 5f Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) sft beating Minella Ranger (10-9) by well, 5 ran.
Got Attitude (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Soon settled in 4th, hit 8th, ridden after 4 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 6, 36l behind Chestnut Ben (11-6) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 16-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, weakened after 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Carli King (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 9 ran.
Bill The Lad (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, hit 10th, led 3 out, headed before next where mistake, stayed on same pace last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Le Grand Chene (10-9) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Cruising Bye 10-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 12th, outpaced 3 out (usual 4 out), rallied and went 2nd last, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec beating Saroque (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Midnight Charmer 4-1 (10-9) Held up in last trio, headway after 10th, went 4th before 11th, stayed on to 3rd before last, kept on flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Free World (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Goring Two (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led on long run to 3 out (normal 4 out), headed approaching that fence where mistake and soon weakened, driven and struggling in 4th on long run to last, weakened to 5th approaching last, 5th of 10, 49l behind Brandon Thomas (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.