Easby Abbey Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 0.70s
- Off time: 15:51:19
|1st||3 Divine Intavention||12/5|
|2nd||8 Little Jimmy||49||7/2|
Mister Stickler (IRE) 115
|10||166 11-12||C Grant||B Hughes||110||16/1|
Lucky Sunny (IRE) 6
|11||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||110||9/4f|
Divine Intavention (IRE) 9
|10||165 11-11||M Keighley||Mr M Wall (5)||109||12/5|
Cloverhill Lad (IRE) 7
|10||162 11-8||W Coltherd||Daragh Bourke (7)||106||11/1|
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 30
|12||153 10-13 pt||Mrs B Butterworth||S Quinlan||97||50/1|
Turf Trivia (ex7) 5
|7||152 10-12 b||G M Moore||F Keniry||89||9/1|
Little Jimmy 12
|7||144 10-4 p1||T R Gretton||Felix de Giles||88||7/2|
||8||1012||A Crook||J Kington||96||NR|
The Fox's Decree
||9||10-12||M Keighley||Ian Popham||15/8|
The front-running Lucky Sunny is just 3lb higher than his last winning mark and has been running well enough to make his presence felt. Divine Intavention, runner-up to Salsify in last year's Foxhunters at Cheltenham, was a very fortunate winner of a Market Rasen handicap last time but that was his first start since May and he's since run very well in a jumpers' bumper so has to be a threat. Turf Trivia doubled his winning tally over fences in very heavy ground at Sedgefield and a 7lb penalty shouldn't prevent him reaching the frame again. Little Jimmy completed a hat-trick at this time a year ago but hasn't recaptured that sort of form. CLOVERHILL LAD arrives in good heart having scored at Newcastle then bumping into a very well handicapped winner at Wetherby. He'll be unlucky to run into another of that kind here and looks the one to be on.
Bocamix (FR) 11-2 (9-13) Held up in touch, mistake 7th, in 5th and blundered 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 28l behind Cloudy Joker (11-9) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Divine Intavention (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Took keen hold chasing leaders, went 2nd over 4f out until 3f out, outpaced 2f out, kept on again inside final furlong, took 4th final stride, 4th of 13, 5l behind Tanks For That (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Little Jimmy 3-1 (10-0) Held up, headway 5th, 3rd and ridden before 3 out, no chance with winner after, 2 lengths off 2nd when fell last, in a race won by Massena (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 6 ran.
Mister Stickler (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 7th, tailed off from 5 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Simply Ned (11-12) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Cloverhill Lad (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Close up, went 2nd before 4 out, no impression on winner before 2 out, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Massena (11-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Led to 2nd, lost place 4 out, tailed off 3 out, 5th of 7, 36l behind Willie Hall (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Turf Trivia 5-1 (11-3) In touch in 4th, took closer order after 4th, went 2nd before last, led on bit run-in, shaken up, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy beating Cara Court (10-11) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Lucky Sunny (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Took keen hold, jumped left and not always fluent, led, soon clear, reduced lead from 5th, bad mistake 3 out, driven and edged right after last, headed close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Riddleofthesands (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy.