Captain Machell Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 17.10s
- Off time: 15:10:30
|1st||4 Morgan's Bay||13/8f|
Phase Shift 34
|6||166 11-12 t||B Ellison||D F O'Regan||120||9/2|
Ballybach (IRE) 25
|10||160 11-6||N J Gifford||Tom Cannon||114||5/1|
Barenger (IRE) 61
|7||159 11-5 p1||A Stronge||Jack Doyle||113||2/1|
Morgan's Bay 56
|9||153 10-13||T R George||P J Brennan||107||13/8f|
Phase Shift was easily left behind at Catterick last time but this is a much less competitive affair and she isn't easily dismissed. Morgan's Bay notched a double here and at Kempton just under a year ago and races off the same mark as in the second of those victories but we'll take BARENGER to build on his win at Market Rasen on Boxing Day as the second had won two of her three previous starts. It's more than two years since Ballybach recorded his one and only victory, though he didn't perform badly in a jumpers' bumper last month.
Morgan's Bay 9-2 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 7th, ridden before 4 out, went 2nd briefly before mistake 2 out, soon beaten, weakened last, 5th of 7, 19l behind George Nympton (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Barenger (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) In touch in rear, headway to 3rd 4 out, joined leaders next, switched right and led 2 out, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Hopeand (12-0) by 7l, 5 ran.
Ballybach (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, never on terms, no impression over 1f out, 7th of 14, 8l behind Caulfields Venture (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Phase Shift 12-1 (10-7) In rear, mistake in 4th at 11th, soon outpaced, left 3rd from 3 out, never dangerous, 3rd of 5, 22l behind Holywell (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.