Wag Hammond C & D South West Novices' Handicap Hurdle 3m 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 5, 11 runners)
- Winner £3,080 2nd £898 3rd £449
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 58.20s
- Off time: 16:51:35
|1st||1 Midnight Whisper||5/1|
|2nd||6 Sharp Suit||3¼||14/1|
|3rd||4 Ahead Ahead||1||9/2f|
Midnight Whisper 20
|7||166 11-12||R Woollacott||M G Nolan (5)||98||5/1|
|8||165 11-11 vt||S Curran||R J Killoran||97||16/1|
|6||163 11-9 p||R Woollacott||A Glassonbury||95||8/1|
Ahead Ahead (IRE) 247
|8||163 11-9||D A Rees||Paul Moloney||95||9/2f|
Rode Runner 48
|5||158 11-4||Richard Hawker||Mr Robert Hawker (7)||90||28/1|
Sharp Suit (IRE) 44
|6||157 11-3||J W Mullins||W P Kavanagh (3)||89||14/1|
Southway Queen 24
|9||154 11-0 t||Mrs S Gardner||Aidan Coleman||86||5/1|
Bob Lewis 18
|7||153 10-13 pt||A Middleton||J M Davies||85||14/1|
Magical Island 113
|10||144 10-4 t||S Kerswell||Brendan Powell (3)||76||11/2|
Indian Citizen (IRE) 99
|6||144 10-4 h||A J Whiting||D C Costello||76||10/1|
Dane Cottage 23
|6||144 10-4||R Ford||R T Dunne (3)||76||12/1|
A low grade handicap and though Aim has been running in sellers this isn't much better so he should be thereabouts. Kruseman looks high enough in the weights on what he's shown to date as does Midnight Whisper, but Magical Island has only run three times since 2010 and would enter the equation on his two runs last autumn. SOUTHWAY QUEEN has been successful twice between the flags and would have few problems winning this if able to repeat her short-head second at Plumpton in February so she looks the one to be on.
Midnight Whisper 33-1 (10-9) Chased leader until 7th, chased leaders until weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 13, 35l behind Karinga Dancer (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 8th, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Broadway Buffalo (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Ahead Ahead (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, lost place 3rd, reminders before 6th, weakend before 3 out, 8th of 13, 31l behind Tyrana (10-0) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Indian Citizen (IRE) 11-4 (10-2) Led until after 1st, lost prominent position, hit 3rd, rallied to chase leaders again under pressure soon after, remiders after 5th, soon in rear again, tailed off when pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Killimore Cottage (11-2) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Southway Queen 9-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, ridden before 9th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, 16l behind Laughton Park (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Kruseman 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, ridden to chase leading pair after 2 out (usual 3 out), 4th and weakened before last, 4th of 11, 31l behind Cladding (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Dane Cottage 12-1 (10-4) Chased leaders to 3 out, soon behind, 8th of 11, 19l behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Aim 17-2 (10-7) Diputed lead throughout, ridden and effort after 2 out, not fluent last, kept on and every chance flat, just held when lost 2nd final stride, 3rd of 5, 1/2l behind Fuzzy Logic (10-2) at Exeter 2m 3f nov sell hdl (5) gd.
Bob Lewis 15-2 (11-0) Not fluent 1st, towards rear, left modest 6th and hampered last, never on terms, 6th of 12, 18l behind Some Secret (10-11) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Rode Runner 100-1 (10-12) Prominent, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 16, 40l behind Karinga Dancer (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Magical Island 4-1 (9-13) Chased clear leader, already lost 2nd when mistake 5th, chased leaders until weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Storm Alert (11-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.