Hever Handicap Hurdle 2m 7f
- (4yo+, 2m 7f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,285 2nd £958 3rd £479
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 22.00s
- Off time: 15:40:12
|2nd||1 Promised Wings||1½||9/2|
|3rd||5 Rocky Bender||nk||12/1|
Promised Wings (GER) 20
|6||166 11-12 v||C Gordon||Tom Cannon (3)||110||9/2|
Qalinas (FR) 20
|6||163 11-9 bt||D Pipe||Mr M Heard (7)||107||7/1|
Tothemoonandback (IRE) 25
|5||162 11-8||G L Moore||J E Moore||106||2/1f|
Smart Exit (IRE) 20
|6||161 11-7||Mrs P Robeson||T J O'Brien||105||11/2|
Rocky Bender (IRE) 17
|8||158 11-4||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||102||12/1|
Killimore Cottage 43
|6||158 11-4||P W Hiatt||Trevor Whelan (5)||102||4/1|
Zouti (FR) 264
|5||153 10-13||G L Moore||A Glassonbury||97||25/1|
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 43
|8||147 10-7 v||P Bowen||Donal Devereux (3)||91||25/1|
Qalinas is still a maiden after 14 starts but the handicapper refuses to cut him much slack and he's likely to find at least one too good again. Promised Wings is a possible as he wasn't beaten far over a longer trip at Huntingdon earlier this month while Tothemoonandback was third on heavy going at Ffos Las last time and clearly stays well. KILLIMORE COTTAGE is climbing the weights and rightly so after completing his hat-trick over course and distance last month. A 7lb higher mark will make life more difficult today but we still fancy him to be up to the task.
Qalinas (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Led until 6th, rallied 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 16, 39l behind Xaarcet (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Promised Wings (GER) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 2nd or 6th, led after 8th, ridden 3 out, headed and unable to quicken flat, 2nd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Seymour Eric (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up in 5th, left close 4th at 7th, weakened approaching 4 out, went right next, 6th of 8, 33l behind Theatrical Star (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (3) hvy.
Killimore Cottage 9-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, led after 3 out, soon driven, headed when blundered hampered and dropped to 3rd 2 out, soon recovered to 2nd, rallied to lead last, driven and stayed on strongly flat, won at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Current Climate (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Tothemoonandback (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) 3rd of 13, 7l behind Ugly Bug (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Smart Exit (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden 8th, well beaten 2 out, 9th of 17, 26l behind Seymour Eric (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Zouti (FR) 10-1 (11-4) In rear and soon outpaced, tailed off when pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Talk Of Saafend (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 8 ran.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Led until 1st, tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Dream Again Boys (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.