Crowhurst Handicap 1m
- (3yo, 1m, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 37.09s
- Off time: 15:15:25
|2nd||2 King George River||1¼||7/4f|
|3||133 9-7 b||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||83||5/1|
King George River (IRE) 33
|3||132 9-6||A Bailey||Philip Prince (7)||82||7/4f|
Blue Wave (IRE) 143
|3||129 9-3||M Johnston||J Fanning||79||14/1|
Tight Knit (USA) 10
|3||125 8-13 b1||J Tate||L Morris||75||11/4|
Club House (IRE) 12
|3||124 8-12 h||R Mills||Robert Tart (7)||74||6/1|
|3||122 8-10 h||R Varian||Andrea Atzeni||72||7/1|
It's very difficult to fault the recent form of Club House, who did well to beat Jodies Jem over course and distance 12 days ago and again has 7lb claimer Robert Tart in the saddle. Tight Knit was only beaten half-a-length over a slightly longer trip at Wolverhampton last time and could figure if blinkers bring about a little improvement while Hipster will strip fitter for last month's run at the Midlands track, his first since September. King George River arguably has more scope than his rivals and makes more appeal than the returning Blue Wave but is giving 10lb to SHERINN. Roger Varian's filly comfortably justified favouritism in a maiden over 7f on her latest outing and another step up in trip looks a natural progression.
Hipster 2-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, headway to soon chase leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Lilac Lace (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
King George River (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Held up behind in touch, 4th and ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, went 3rd near finish, no impression, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind El Buen Turista (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo nov stks (5) pol in Dec.
Tight Knit (USA) 10-11fav (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, headed narrowly final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Gabrial The Boss (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Club House (IRE) 7-1 (8-0) Held up 5th and last in touch, headway 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol beating Jodies Jem (9-4) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Sherinn 4-6fav (8-12) Always prominent, took keen hold, led 2f out, soon driven clear, ran on strongly, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec beating Liliana (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Blue Wave (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, unable to quicken soon after, ridden on inside over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 6, 1 1/4l behind Titus Titan (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.