Watch Racing UK On Channel 432 Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.60s
- Off time: 15:55:42
|1st||5 Turbo Du Ranch||2/1f|
|2nd||6 Green Wizard||1½||11/2|
Bow Badger 37
|7||166 11-12||J Wade||B Hughes||120||5/1|
Majaales (USA) 900
|10||166 11-12||T R George||P J Brennan||120||9/2|
Rocking Blues (FR) 22
|8||161 11-7||Mrs R Dobbin||K Renwick||115||11/2|
Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 28
|6||159 11-5 t||W Greatrex||N D Fehily||113||2/1f|
Green Wizard (IRE) 54
|7||156 11-2||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (5)||110||11/2|
I Know The Code (IRE) 25
|8||147 10-7||Miss L C Siddall||T Siddall||101||15/2|
||5||116||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||107||NR|
Majaales hasn't been seen since October 2010 but was a very useful handicapper in his day. Tom George must believe he's capable of returning to some kind of form and is definitely one to watch in the betting. Turbo Du Ranch won a bumper on his racecourse debut two years ago but is still a maiden over hurdles and has had enough chances. Rocking Blues, another debut bumper winner, showed some improvement when sent over this trip for the first time at Newcastle but this looks another opportunity for UPSWING, who showed plenty of promise before making a winning handicap debut at Carlisle and should defy a 7lb penalty without too many problems.
Upswing (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, went 2nd before 3 out, led before last, pushed out, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy beating Rupert Bear (11-5) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Held up in 4th, went 2nd 4 out, driven after next, kept on same pace, no chance with winner from next, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Coverholder (10-0) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Green Wizard (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, reminder after 5th, quickly lost place and in rear, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Everdon Brook (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb, 12 ran.
Majaales (USA) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, some headway approaching 4 out, mistake and weakened 3 out, 9th of 11, 36l behind For Non Stop (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct '10.
Bow Badger 12-1 (11-3) Led until after 3rd, tracked leader, every chance when not fluent 4 out, ridden and weakened quickly 2 out, hit last, 7th of 8, well behind Yesyoucan (11-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
I Know The Code (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 5th, lost place before 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Arctic Wings (10-0) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Rocking Blues (FR) 16-1 (11-2) In touch and keen, went 3rd from 3 out, kept on and lost 3rd place run-in, 4th of 11, 7l behind Indian Castle (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.