First Cafe's Posh Fast Food Handicap 5f 10y
- (3yo, 5f 10y, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £4,852 2nd £1,444 3rd £722 4th £361
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 0m 59.55s
- Off time: 16:27:52
|2nd||2 The Art Of Racing||½||11/4|
|3||132 9-6||M Botti||A Kirby||82||5/2j|
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 30
|3||132 9-6 t||O Stevens||Harry Bentley||82||11/4|
Inka Surprise (IRE) 262
|3||131 9-5||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||81||9/2|
Smart Spender (IRE) 7
|3||130 9-4||J Hughes||S W Kelly||80||5/2j|
Dusty Storm (IRE) 220
|3||128 9-2||E S Mcmahon||S M Levey||78||12/1|
||3||8-12||J Hughes||Josh Baudains||25/1|
March bids for a hat trick on her seasonal debut off a 6lb higher mark than when scoring at Nottingham in October. Inka Surprise also ended last season with a victory when successful at Kempton and makes his handicap debut while Dusty Storm should be winning again this year off her current mark. The Art Of Racing has the edge on fitness and arrives in fine form having scored at Ripon last month but Jo Hughes trained last year's winner and SMART SPENDER is preferred. He got no sort of run when trapped behind the first two home over track and trip last week and gets another chance today.
March 7-2fav (9-3) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct beating Millkwood (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 5-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, led over 1f out, kept on gamely, won at Ripon 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr beating Angus Og (9-1) by hd, 9 ran.
Smart Spender (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Off the pace towards rear, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, eased when held close home, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Hoofalong (8-13) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Dusty Storm (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Chased leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, clear inside final furlong, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Rhagori Aur (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Inka Surprise (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Pedro Serrano (9-3) by 2l, 11 ran.