Billeshurst Wood 'Jumpers' Bumper' NH Flat Race 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Standard (to slow )
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 3m 26.50s
- Off time: 14:20:14
|1st||8 Foster's Road||16/1|
|3rd||4 Ransom Note||nk||5/2|
Jimmy The Brave 12
|7||159 11-5||G P Enright||J E Moore||66/1|
Keep Kicking (IRE) 4
|6||159 11-5||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||7/1|
Master Cardor Visa (IRE) 72
|8||159 11-5||Miss E Baker||James Banks (7)||100/1|
Ransom Note 85
|6||159 11-5||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||5/2|
|6||159 11-5||N J Henderson||A P McCoy||5/4f|
Staigue Fort 12
|5||159 11-5||Miss E C Lavelle||D Elsworth||10/1|
The Fonz 78
|7||159 11-5||Mrs P Robeson||J A McCarthy||7/1|
Foster's Road 61
|4||148 10-8||M R Channon||W Kennedy||16/1|
It's only seven months since RANSOM NOTE was running against Frankel and Excelebration in the Lockinge. He's won seven times on the Flat, including at Group 2 and Group 3 level, and the only question here is whether he'll stay the trip, a run over hurdles at Kempton in November having proved inconclusive as he didn't jump well. If the six-year-old lasts home, he will surely be far too good for these. Keep Kicking won at Kempton on Friday and Staigue Fort was just beaten here earlier this month but they will only be playing for places if the selection runs to his best and The Fonz appears to have lost a little of his enthusiasm lately, though was a decent handicapper on the Flat in his younger days. Shernando may be best of the rest as he was also a good handicapper on the level but he's disappointed over hurdles while winning hurdler Foster's Road wouldn't have lived with some of these on the Flat.
Foster's Road 40-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, mistake 4th, hit 3 out, never involved, well behind when hit 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 43l behind Far West (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Shernando 8-11fav (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, smooth headway to track winner before 2 out, led narrowly before last, headed flat, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Milansbar (10-9) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Ransom Note 2-1fav (10-12) Not jump well and slow at times, in touch, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 38l behind Golden Hoof (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Staigue Fort 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led 1f out, hard ridden when pressed inside final furlong, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 14, shd behind Border Station (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
The Fonz 6-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, pushed along before 7th, not much room on inner 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 44l behind Cue To Cue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Held up towards finish, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std beating Spanish Treasure (11-4) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Master Cardor Visa (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 6th, outpaced before 8th, went 3rd before and blundered 2 out, kept on, 4th of 10, 7l behind Storm Alert (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Jimmy The Brave 50-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 8l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.