32Red Casino Beginners' Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 4 runners)
- Winner £6,256 2nd £1,848 3rd £924 4th £462 5th £231 6th £116
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 1.40s
- Off time: 14:30:14
Billfromthebar (IRE) 233
|7||154 11-0||D McCain Jnr||A P McCoy||128||9/4|
Golden Hoof (IRE) 20
|6||154 11-0||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||5/4f|
Handazan (IRE) 20
|5||154 11-0||A King||P J Brennan||7/2|
Hold Court (IRE) 36
|7||154 11-0||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||8/1|
||6||P R Webber||D F O'Regan||118||NR|
Atlanta Falcon (IRE)
||8||11-0||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||3/1|
Lemon Drop Red showed promise on his fencing bow at Newton Abbot but didn't follow that up in two starts at Market Rasen last year and has an absence to overcome. Billfromthebar is also returning from a break but did rattle up a hat-trick over timber last season and is bred to jump fences. Golden Hoof only found one too good on his chasing debut at Kempton when HANDAZAN was third but the latter blew up on his first start since November after travelling well to three out - he can reverse that form here. Hold Court returned to form at Ludlow last month, though was well beaten at Haydock subsequently.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 5-4fav (11-0) With leader, led 4th, headed narrowly 8th, not fluent 10th, led again briefly after 4 out, lost place next, soon weakened, lost moderate 3rd 2 out, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Violets Boy (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Aug.
Billfromthebar (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Disputed lead throughout until led 7th, strongly challenged when mistake 3 out, headed after last, rallied to lead again closing stages, stayed on gamely, won at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Simarthur (10-12) by ns, 4 ran.
Hold Court (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway into mid-division on outside 5th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, last of 16, 39l behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Golden Hoof (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Led, went left 11th, headed before 3 out, driven in 3rd after 3 out, rallied into 2nd 2 out, upsides and every chance last, kept on under pressure run-in, always just held, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Rum And Butter (11-0) at Kempton 2m 4f beg chase (3) gd.
Handazan (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, left in 3rd place at 3rd, led before 3 out, hit 3 out and soon headed, went 2nd before 8th, led before 3 out, hit 3 out and soon headed, no extra in 3rd 2 out, beaten when blundered last, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Rum And Butter (11-0) at Kempton 2m 4f beg chase (3) gd.