Professional Security Management Handicap Chase 3m 1f 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 32.10s
- Off time: 15:30:37
|9||166 11-12||M Bradstock||Nico de Boinville (7)||138||15/8f|
Benheir (IRE) (ex7) 9
|6||165 11-11 p||Miss R Curtis||P E Corbett (7)||130||2/1|
Mortimers Cross 17
|11||155 11-1||J L Needham||Paul John (7)||127||5/1|
Gran Torino (IRE) 9
|7||154 11-0||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||126||5/1|
Rhum (FR) 48
|7||150 10-10||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||122||7/1|
||6||1011||O Sherwood||2nd Preference||123||NR|
Victory Gunner (IRE)
||13||10-2||R Lee||Giles Hawkins||10/3|
Veteran Mortimers Cross remains in fine fettle and arrives on the back of a win at Kelso. He looks sure to make another bold bid but BENHEIR is just preferred. Rebecca Curtis' charge scored in testing ground over C&D last week and, with plenty of scope for further progress, is taken to follow up. Rhum has also won over these fences and will have come on for a recent pipe-opener. He makes more appeal than Gran Torino, a chase winner in Ireland and third over timber at this track recently. Global Power has won a beginners' chase but found life tougher in a handicap company last time.
Global Power (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Mid-division on outside, in touch 10th, outpaced when hit 4 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 15, 18l behind Rolling Aces (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Carruthers 33-1 (10-7) Chased leaders early, behind when hampered 5th, no danger after, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 19, well behind Bobs Worth (11-6) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs.
Benheir (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 3rd, soon lost place, mistake 5th, rallied 8th, joined leader 12th, led 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy beating Master Neo (10-6) by 8l, 6 ran.
Rhum (FR) 12-1 (11-10) Made most until ridden and headed before 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 7th of 10, 28l behind Benbane Head (11-11) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Gran Torino (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Held up in rear, under pressure 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Stow (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Mortimers Cross 12-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led 12th, narrowly headed 2 out (normal 4 out), led again bypassing omitted 2 out, hard driven run-in, stayed on gamely, all out, won at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft beating Captain Americo (10-13) by 1l, 8 ran.