Independent Racecourses Ltd, IRL Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,509 2nd £1,030 3rd £515 4th £258
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 8.60s
- Off time: 19:25:46
|1st||1 Dovils Date||15/2|
|2nd||3 Chalk It Down||nk||10/11f|
Dovils Date 22
|5||166 11-12||Tim Vaughan||Alan Johns (10)||119||15/2|
Pearls Legend 39
|7||165 11-11||J L Spearing||J E Moore||118||12/1|
Chalk It Down (IRE) 58
|5||159 11-5||W Greatrex||A P McCoy||112||10/11f|
Marju's Quest (IRE) 9
|4||154 11-0||David Dennis||W Kennedy||112||14/1|
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 242
|7||154 11-0 t||Mrs S Leech||C Wallis (5)||107||16/1|
Sambulando (FR) 27
|11||147 10-7 p||Richard Hobson||Giles Hawkins (3)||100||11/2|
Who's Jeff (IRE) 65
|6||146 10-6 h||P J Hobbs||C Gethings (7)||99||11/2|
McCoy was on board Chalk It Down when he won a jumpers' bumper on the Polytrack at Lingfield in February and Warren Greatrex' charge will be a popular choice to get off the mark over timber here. But DOVILS DATE has got his act together lately and, with Alan Johns again taking off 10lb, the top weight can resume winning ways. Pearls Legend has been knocking on the door over fences and is only a pound higher than his last winning mark but Tamarillo Grove might need this and is best on fast ground. The four-year-old Marju's Quest will have to improve on his best efforts so far to figure.
Dovils Date 9-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, held when hit last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Dunraven Storm (11-10) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Chalk It Down (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, not clearest of runs and squeezed through inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, ridden and quickened to lead near finish, won at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb beating Ourmanmassini (11-2) by nk, 6 ran.
Pearls Legend 5-4fav (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden in 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Memorabilia (11-7) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Sambulando (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway after 5th, blundered 3 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Wintered Well (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Who's Jeff (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Led to post, pulled hard in rear, headway on outside 4th, led next, went clear briefly, not fluent 6th, headed after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Still Believing (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led until 3 out, weakening when mistake next, 7th of 12, 24l behind Taroum (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Marju's Quest (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up behind, headway after 2 out, one pace, 5th of 14, 8l behind Edmaaj (10-7) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.