Only Events Company You'll Ever Need Handicap Hurdle 3m 2f
- (4yo+, 3m 2f, Class 5, 5 runners)
- Winner £2,079 2nd £611 3rd £305 4th £153
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 25.50s
- Off time: 16:25:47
|1st||4 Kilfinichen Bay||8/11f|
|2nd||6 Champion Versions||1¾||8/1|
Top Billing 17
|5||166 11-12 b||N G Richards||A P McCoy||92||9/2|
Ninfea (IRE) 12
|6||161 11-7||N B King||Trevor Whelan (3)||87||8/1|
Kilfinichen Bay (IRE) (ex7) 8
|6||161 11-7||C E Longsdon||N D Fehily||80||8/11f|
Go Amwell 43
|11||160 11-6 v||J R Jenkins||L P Aspell||86||8/1|
Champion Versions (IRE) 54
|7||142 10-2 p||Mrs L Hill||Aidan Coleman||68||8/1|
||7||1110||C T Pogson||A Pogson||90||NR|
||10||11-7||J R Jenkins||L P Aspell||5/1|
Here we have the usual long distance hurdle on the Huntingdon card, in which KILFINICHEN BAY makes plenty of appeal. He was an easy winner on his first run for Charlie Longsdon and a 7lb penalty should not halt progress judging by the manner of that impressive performance at Southwell over only a slightly shorter trip. Ninfea looks the main danger if he can translate recent good form on the level to timber. Neil King has done a really good job with the mare and she is respected on ground that will suit.Top Billing looks next best but faces a tough test conceding weight to the aforementioned duo.
Milan Of Hope (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Behind, reminders 5th, weakend 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, 33l behind Discay (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Kilfinichen Bay (IRE) 9-4fav (10-6) Mid-division, smooth headway on inside tracking leaders approaching 3 out, 2nd travelling well after 3 out, led before 2 out, went left 2 out, clear when went left again last, very easily, won at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Dazzling Rita (10-1) by 6l, 11 ran.
Champion Versions (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Tracked leader until 3rd, lost place 4th, not fluent and ridden next, behind when mistake 8th, 8th of 9, well behind Lisheen Hill (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Top Billing 9-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, weakened from 13th, 4th of 6, 44l behind Tayarat (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Ninfea (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Towards rear, headway 3 out, soon ridden and no extra, 5th of 8, 13l behind Squeeze Me (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Go Amwell 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 11, 32l behind Moon Melody (10-0) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.