Gateley Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £1,949 2nd £572 3rd £286 4th £143
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 32.00s
- Off time: 16:00:39
|1st||2 Straits Of Messina||15/8f|
|2nd||6 Grand Article||1¾||9/1|
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 28
|7||166 11-12||Mrs A L M King||T Messenger||96||8/1|
Straits Of Messina (IRE) 76
|5||163 11-9||T Symonds||Felix de Giles||93||15/8f|
Tayarat (IRE) 279
|9||159 11-5||M C Chapman||Joseph Cornwall (5)||89||20/1|
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 24
|6||157 11-3||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||87||4/1|
Lilac Belle 37
|8||153 10-13 pt||A M Hales||Killian Moore (5)||83||9/4|
Grand Article (IRE) 106
|10||140 10-0||P E Cowley||Adam Wedge||65||9/1|
LILAC BELLE has won twice over this course and distance and hinted at a revival when fifth here last month. She can't get much lower in the weights and could be up to landing a weak-looking finale ahead of Market Rasen scorer Walter De La Mare. It would be no surprise to see some improvement from Clues And Arrows now he goes handicapping but the Jonjo O'Neill gelding has been a huge disappointment so far. Straits Of Messina also has much to prove while the front-running Tayarat has his first run for nine months.
Straits Of Messina (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) In touch on outside, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced and ridden, weakened next, 5th of 6, 29l behind Key To The West (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4yo nov stks (4) sft in Nov.
Grand Article (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Led and keen, soon clear until 5 out, headed before 2 out, weakened after last, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Safferano (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led, ridden, headed and hampered after 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Goohar (10-9) at Haydock 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Towards rear, headway 2 out, ridden to challenge last, led flat, stayed on, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f sel hcp hdl (0-100) (5) sft in Dec beating Kimora (11-1) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tayarat (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Led until ridden 3 out, outpaced before next, no impression after, plugged on flat, 5th of 16, 18l behind Musnad (10-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Lilac Belle 6-1 (10-1) Held up in last pair, struggling in rear after 3rd, plugged on, never involved, 5th of 9, 10l behind White Diamond (11-2) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.