Connolly's Red Mills Bumper Challenge Intermediate Open NH Flat Race 2m
- (5-6yo, 2m, Class 6, 13 runners)
- Winner £1,560 2nd £458 3rd £229 4th £114
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 4.80s
- Off time: 16:22:08
|1st||1 Battle Born||6/4f|
|2nd||2 King's Odyssey||2½||20/1|
|3rd||4 Otago Trail||4||10/1|
Battle Born 62
|5||152 10-12||C E Longsdon||N D Fehily||6/4f|
King's Odyssey (IRE)
|5||152 10-12||D J Coakley||D F O'Regan||20/1|
|6||152 10-12||C J Mann||M D Grant||10/1|
Otago Trail (IRE) 88
|6||152 10-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||10/1|
Point Guard (IRE)
|6||152 10-12||D E Cantillon||R Thornton||8/1|
Royalraise (IRE) 116
|5||152 10-12||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||16/1|
Saddlers Encore (IRE) 61
|5||152 10-12||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||5/1|
Surging Seas (IRE) 69
|5||152 10-12||T Coyle||D C Costello||6/1|
Turoyal (FR) 298
|6||152 10-12||Miss L Hurley||Paul Moloney||80/1|
|5||152 10-12||B I Case||Kielan Woods (3)||50/1|
|6||145 10-5||B Leavy||L Heard||100/1|
Just Like Beth
|6||145 10-5||G Fierro||Kevin Jones (7)||66/1|
|5||145 10-5||M G Rimell||T Scudamore||33/1|
Vesuvhill and So Sudden are both related to winning bumpers and could be newcomers to monitor in the betting in this. Otago Trail and Royalraise both won between the flags in the autumn and Battle Born started favourite on his reappearance at Haydock in November and wasn't beaten far. Newcastle third Surging Seas should have improved for the experience but a similar comment applies to SADDLERS ENCORE, who made his debut in what looked a hot bumper at Ascot in November. Bred for the job, Philip Hobbs' five-year-old can open his account here.
Battle Born 13-8fav (11-0) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Desoto County (11-0) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.
King's Odyssey (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Ma Furie.
Otago Trail (IRE) 6-4 (12-2) Tr ldrs, mid div 4th rcing wide, 2nd 3out, b mstk, gng well 2l 2nd, jnd ldr aftr 2out, qcknd app last, impressive, won at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp in Oct beating Urialon (12-2) by 8l, 10 ran.
Point Guard (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Holly'sreturn.
Surging Seas (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left and every chance over 1f out, kept on and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Chidswell (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Vesuvhill (FR) Sabrehill gelding out of L'orchidee.
Royalraise (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Alw cl up, tr ldrs 4out, prog to chall 2out, ld last, ko best, won at Rathcannon 3m ire ptp gf in Sep beating Lucky Cody (11-9) by 2l, 11 ran.
Saddlers Encore (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed laong 7f out and again over 4f out, ridden and no extra in 5th over 2f out, 5th of 9, 9l behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Latelo Shirocco gelding out of Laurencia.
Turoyal (FR) 12-1 (11-3) Led, jinked left on bend after 3f, headed 11f out, outpaced from 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 18l behind Devenish Island (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Flobury Overbury mare out of Miss Flora.
So Sudden Needwood Blade mare out of Sudden Spirit.
Just Like Beth Proclamation mare out of Just Beth.