Castleford Handicap Chase 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 2, 4 runners)
- Winner £10,397 2nd £3,053 3rd £1,526 4th £763
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 16.40s
- Off time: 14:20:33
Lease Lend 19
|9||166 11-12 pt||T D Easterby||D C Costello||132||11/4|
Charingworth (IRE) 34
|9||166 11-12||Ferdy Murphy||Lucy Alexander (3)||132||17/2|
Drumshambo (USA) (ex7) 8
|6||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||125||Evsf|
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 19
|7||151 10-11 v||B Ellison||K James (5)||117||7/2|
||8||A Kennedy||T J O'Brien||120||NR|
||8||10-0||Ferdy Murphy||Lucy Alexander||15/2|
Drumshambo has take well to fences and, though upped in grade, is bidding for a fourth win in five starts over the larger obstacles. He has a penalty for his latest success at Ludlow however. Irish raider Character Actor had a couple of engagements in this country yesterday while Charingworth may still be too high in the weights but LEASE LEND has winning form over C&D and is slowly working his way back to full fitness. Though a beaten favourite here last month, he's worth another chance off his current mark. Dontpaytheferryman is still a maiden over fences but likes the mud and could go well off bottom weight.
Character Actor (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, some headway in 7th 3 out, 5th approaching last and kept on run-in to go 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Drumshambo (USA) 11-10fav (11-12) Prominent on inside, led before 4 out, drew clear from next, comfortably, won at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft beating Up To The Mark (11-2) by 5l, 7 ran.
Lease Lend 11-8fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5 out, headway before and mistake 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, lost 2nd place and no extra last 75 yards, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Prosecco (10-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 20-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Mwaleshi (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Charingworth (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) In rear, closed on leading trio 9th, ridden and outpaced 3 out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Kumbeshwar (11-7) at Haydock 2m grad ch (2) sft in Nov.