Chalice Handicap 5f 16y
- (3yo+, 5f 16y, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £9,704 2nd £2,888 3rd £1,443 4th £722
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 4.61s
- Off time: 14:46:46
|1st||2 B Fifty Two||7/4f|
Jillnextdoor (IRE) 28
|4||138 9-12||M R Channon||William Twiston-Davies (3)||88||9/2|
B Fifty Two (IRE) 26
|5||138 9-12 bt||B W Hills||R Kingscote||88||7/4f|
Forest Edge (IRE) 28
|5||138 9-12 b||P D Evans||B A Curtis||88||8/1|
Doctor Parkes 7
|8||135 9-9||S C Williams||Liam Jones||85||4/1|
Withernsea (IRE) 24
|3||126 9-0||R A Fahey||D Nolan||82||7/2|
Come On Dave (IRE) 23
|5||122 8-10||D Nicholls||P Aspell||72||12/1|
||6||99 h||J R Best||R Havlin||85||NR|
||5||96 p||J W Unett||Jack Duern||82||NR|
||6||94||Ian Williams||F Norton||80||NR|
||8||813 p||J Balding||Neil Farley||75||NR|
Rusty Rocket (IRE)
||4||9-4||Paul Green||Martin Lane||4/1|
B Fifty Two (7/4), Withernsea (7/2), Doctor Parkes (4/1), Jillnextdoor (9/2), Forest Edge (8/1), Come On Dave (12/1)
No favourite has won this in the past 10 years and three-year-olds don't have a good record but Withernsea ran well on his reappearance at Ripon after a year off where the heavy ground wouldn't have helped. DOCTOR PARKES wins races on all sorts of ground and all kind of tracks, including here. He arrives in good heart after a fair effort at Ayr and is well treated on the balance of his form so gets the nod. B Fifty Two was having just his second run back when runner-up to Clear Spring at Windsor where he led to the furlong pole over that 6f so this should prove ideal. Cruisetothelimit has been confined to 6f for most of the past year despite the fact most of his victories have been over the minimum though none have been from a mark this high while though Monumental Man has won six times he's never landed in a class 3 event.
Stone Of Folca 7-1 (9-12) Stumbled and came awkwardly out of stalls, always in rear and virtually pulled up over 3f out, last of 11, well behind Another Wise Kid (9-11) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Monumental Man 11-2 (9-6) Soon led, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Springinmystep (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 6l behind Springinmystep (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 11-1 (9-12) With leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Bispham Green (9-12) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
B Fifty Two (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, not much room inside final furlong, kept on and held on for 2nd place close home, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Clear Spring (9-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Jillnextdoor (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Settled in rear but in touch, effort 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 9l behind Bondesire (9-1) at Chester 6f flls hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Withernsea (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Rural Celebration (9-5) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Forest Edge (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, well behind Pacific Heights (9-2) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Come On Dave (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 8l behind Baytown Kestrel (9-2) at Southwell 5f clm stks (6) fbs.
Doctor Parkes 13-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Burning Thread (9-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.