Julie Calderbank 'My Soulmate' Memorial Handicap Chase 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 5, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 1.80s
- Off time: 13:28:15
|1st||4 Pistol Basc||11/2|
|2nd||6 Moonlight Maggie||hd||6/1|
Milan Royale 24
|8||166 11-12||J K Hunter||Harry Haynes||93||15/8f|
River Purple 18
|6||163 11-9 t||J Mackie||Brian Harding||90||10/3|
Chicago Alley 555
|12||161 11-7||Dave Roberts||Lee Edwards||88||18/1|
Pistol Basc (FR) 25
|9||159 11-5 h||Rebecca Menzies||Tony Kelly (5)||86||11/2|
Pindar (GER) 16
|9||157 11-3 p||Miss J E Foster||Samantha Drake (5)||84||16/1|
Moonlight Maggie 28
|6||147 10-7||T R George||A Conlon (5)||74||6/1|
Dorlesh Way (IRE) 24
|6||140 10-0||P Holmes||Harry Challoner (5)||61||7/1|
No Way Hozay
||6||10-0||J Wade||K Renwick||11/4|
Milan Royale scored over track and trip last time and is upped 6lb. Testing ground is a worry for him, though it's not a problem for RIVER PURPLE. The latter has a 10lb rise to contend with having won easily at Uttoxeter but there should be more to come from John Mackie's charge and he gets the nod. A winner at Sedgefield last month, Pistol Basc is another expected to go well in the soft going while dual hurdles winner Pindar looks best of the remainder back over the larger obstacles.
Pistol Basc (FR) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders and keen in 3rd, one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Prince Blackthorn (10-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
Moonlight Maggie 10-1 (10-0) Held up, mistake 2nd, hampered 3rd, mistake 4th and when progess 6th, every chance 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 9, 40l behind Classic Case (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Pindar (GER) 12-1 (10-6) Led to 3rd, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 10, 36l behind Honourable Gent (10-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
River Purple 16-1 (10-7) Always prominent, led 4 out, clear from next, steadied into last 2, comfortably, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Hero's Call (10-0) by 7l, 13 ran.
Dorlesh Way (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Last trio, disputing modest 5th but no chance when badly hampered 2 out, mistake last, 6th of 8, 32l behind Milan Royale (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Milan Royale 5-1 (11-11) Chased leader until after 7th, handy 3rd, led before 4 out, went right 2 out, joined last, hung badly right under pressure and bumped 2nd flat, just held on, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Discoverie (10-13) by shd, 8 ran.
Chicago Alley 9-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 10, 32l behind Venetian Lad (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun '12.