James Pearson 80th Birthday Handicap 6f
- (3yo, 6f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 11.83s
- Off time: 19:15:39
|1st||5 Royal Guinevere||3/1f|
|2nd||1 Huntsmans Close||1¼||4/1|
|3rd||8 My Boy Bill||4½||12/1|
Huntsmans Close 31
|3||133 9-7||M L W Bell||Louis Steward (7)||80||4/1|
Sylvia Pankhurst (IRE) 12
|3||131 9-5 p||D C Griffiths||L Mcniff (3)||78||10/3|
Star Up In The Sky (USA) 24
|3||123 8-11 p1||K A Ryan||G Lee||70||16/1|
Admiralofthesea (USA) 27
|3||121 8-9||R Eddery||Andrea Atzeni||68||5/1|
Royal Guinevere 27
|3||121 8-9||D K Ivory||J Quinn||68||3/1f|
Hardy Blue (IRE) 21
|3||120 8-8||Danielle McCormick||T P Queally (ex2)||67||16/1|
|3||120 8-8||D Thompson||B McHugh||67||8/1|
My Boy Bill 268
|3||120 8-8||M W Easterby||G Gibbons||67||12/1|
Pearl Nation (USA)
||3||9-0||B P J Baugh||Freddie Tylicki||14/1|
Huntsmans Close gets the aid of a 7lb claimer and having dropped another 2lb in the weights after a fourth at Windsor, he should go close. But SYLVIA PANKHURST continues to improve and notched up her fourth win of the year at Chester last time. David Griffiths' filly looks capable of going in again off a 3lb higher mark. Royal Guinevere has been running well without success in lesser grade sprints and finished ahead of Hardy Blue when second over track and trip last month. She makes more appeal than Mitchell of the remainder.
Royal Guinevere 9-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders center, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to chase winner last 50 yards, always held, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Jubilee Dancer (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Huntsmans Close 6-1 (9-5) Chased leader until over 1f out, one pace in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Robot Boy (9-6) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
My Boy Bill 9-1 (8-12) Pushed along and soon outpaced, last of 9, 23l behind Blazing Knight (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Admiralofthesea (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 8l behind Skytrain (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Sylvia Pankhurst (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Red Explorer (9-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Hardy Blue (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 8, 14l behind Nasharra (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Star Up In The Sky (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, pushed along halfway, soon weakened, last of 5, 21l behind Noble Deed (9-0) at Pontefract 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd.
Mitchell 4-1 (9-6) Went left start, with leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression when lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Gran Canaria Queen (8-8) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.