Expert Guide To Doncaster At doncasterracecoursetips.co.uk Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 42.30s
- Off time: 17:25:56
|2nd||8 Short Takes||½||10/3f|
|3rd||10 Grand Gigolo||3¼||4/1|
Halifax (IRE) 43
|6||166 11-12||A G Newcombe||A Tinkler||110||7/2|
|11||163 11-9 p||Miss C Dyson||Gerald Quinn (7)||107||33/1|
Northern Oscar (IRE) 44
|6||161 11-7||M Walford||P Buchanan||105||9/1|
Parc Des Princes (USA) 306
|8||161 11-7||N G Richards||D F O'Regan||105||16/1|
Jolly Valentine 35
|6||161 11-7||N B King||D Elsworth (3)||105||11/1|
Groomed (IRE) 42
|6||161 11-7||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (3)||105||10/1|
Short Takes (USA) 8
|6||160 11-6 b||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||104||10/3f|
Prime Contender 37
|12||156 11-2 v||Jennie Candlish||S Quinlan||100||16/1|
Grand Gigolo (FR) 51
|5||153 10-13||Ian Williams||Rob McCarth (5)||97||4/1|
|6||152 10-12||T R Gretton||J Reveley||96||20/1|
|8||145 10-5 t1||Mrs P Sly||Kielan Woods (3)||89||50/1|
||7||118||A W Carroll||N D Fehily||106||NR|
This won't take much winning but few of these arrive in any kind of form. SHORT TAKES is an exception, winning a four-runner handicap at Sedgefield last week by 24 lengths. He stays this longer trip and is difficult to oppose off only a 2lb higher mark. Halifax hasn't shown much since joining Tony Newcombe but Kilflora won at Market Rasen before finishing tailed off at Leicester and Parc Des Princes would have each-way claims if fully wound-up. Groomed has won over fences and might be the pick of the remainder.
Expanding Universe (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 28l behind Kodicil (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Groomed (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Tracked leader early, prominent, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Clever Cookie (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Short Takes (USA) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged before 2 out, led before last and blundered, soon clear, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy beating Choisan (11-6) by 24l, 4 ran.
Grand Gigolo (FR) 200-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 30l behind Diamond King (11-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Armedandbeautiful 8-1 (11-7) Held up behind, struggling 6th, never near leaders, 7th of 10, well behind Catching On (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Big Society (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Halifax (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Always behind, tailed off before 3 out and pulled up, in a race won by Bob Tucker (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan, 14 ran.
Barnack 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st or 3rd, hit 7th, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ministerofinterior (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar '12, 9 ran.
Jolly Valentine 150-1 (11-1) Towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 18, 38l behind Pearl Castle (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Kilflora 12-1 (11-4) Led until 2nd, ridden when not fluent next, weakened well before last (normal 3 out), last of 7, well behind Scotsbrook Legend (10-0) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Prime Contender 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, blundered 6th, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, 6th of 8, 35l behind Persian Herald (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Parc Des Princes (USA) 9-2 (10-8) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling 7th, never involved, 8th of 9, 15l behind Dragon's Den (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.