Happy 80th Birthday Ray Hall Handicap 1m 2f
- (3yo, 1m 2f, Class 6, 6 runners)
- Winner £1,941 2nd £578 3rd £289 4th £144
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 10.54s
- Off time: 18:01:14
|2nd||6 Whispering Star||nk||11/10f|
|3||133 9-7||John Berry||Jim Crowley||60||20/1|
|3||130 9-4||S Kirk||Josh Baudains (5)||57||25/1|
|3||129 9-3||M Johnston||A Kirby||56||2/1|
Shannon Haven (IRE) 6
|3||129 9-3 p1||D M Loughnane||S W Kelly||56||9/2|
Whispering Star (USA) 26
|3||127 9-1||D M Simcock||Andrea Atzeni||54||11/10f|
|3||119 8-7||P D Evans||C Catlin||45||66/1|
||3||94||L Carter||A Quinn||57||NR|
Enquiring made a winning return at Wolverhampton where Ormer was tailed off but is upped 6lb for that success. Shannon Haven has been unlucky not to follow up his earlier win at Lingfield having suffered a couple of subsequent narrow-margin defeats and he can figure again. But WHISPERING STAR's recent second to TizLove Regardless looks better in hindsight with the latter going on to land a hat-trick. David Simcock's filly gets the vote to come good in this stepping up in trip. Both Indira and Assoluta have yet to threaten in similar grade handicaps and Next Stop is even harder to fancy.
Next Stop 33-1 (8-4) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, never a factor, 6th of 10, 13l behind Born In Bombay (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Enquiring 6-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, chased leader 2f out, soon edged right, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Frederic Chopin (9-6) by 1l, 8 ran.
Whispering Star (USA) 7-4fav (8-7) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Tizlove Regardless (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Indira 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leading trio, pushed along over 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Day Star Lad (9-5) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Shannon Haven (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, hd behind Jarlath (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Assoluta 3-1fav (9-2) Dwelt, in touch, pushed along 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, faded over 1f out, 7th of 10, 12l behind Earthflight (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Ormer 14-1 (8-7) Always in rear, last of 8, 26l behind Enquiring (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.