Utilities Connections Management Ltd Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,274 2nd £668 3rd £334 4th £167
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 50.80s
- Off time: 17:05:52
|1st||3 Walter De La Mare||11/4|
|2nd||7 Baltic Ben||1¼||12/1|
River Clare (IRE) 40
|6||166 11-12||J G M O'Shea||R Johnson||99||10/3|
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 15
|7||160 11-6 t||Mrs A L M King||A P McCoy||93||11/4|
One For Hocky (IRE) 13
|6||158 11-4||N G Richards||B Harding||91||6/4f|
Moaning Butcher 10
|4||143 10-3 b||Dave Roberts||Lee Edwards||78||20/1|
Farmers Cross (IRE) 26
|10||141 10-1 p1||J C Haynes||Henry Brooke||74||12/1|
Baltic Ben (USA) 687
|7||140 10-0 t1||J Farrelly||A P Cawley||69||12/1|
||6||117 h||F O'Brien||Conor Shoemark||94||NR|
Walter De La Mare is usually thereabouts but McCoy rides him on a regular basis, but the champ still hasn't managed to get a win out of Anabel Murphy's charge. One For Hocky won at Perth earlier this month but is 9lb higher now, though still appears to have the beating of Diamond Gesture. RIVER CLARE may have found a longer trip too far at Stratford last month. He'd shown promise previously over 2m4f and, eased a little in the weights, can open his account here with none of the bottom three making much appeal.
Diamond Gesture (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 8, 18l behind One For Hocky (10-6) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway before 3 out, kept on from last, 4th of 10, 14l behind Jewellery (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Baltic Ben (USA) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, reminders 4th, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Ivor's King (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct '12, 10 ran.
One For Hocky (IRE) 5-2fav (10-6) Held up in rear, headway 7th, led and edged right last, stayed on well, drawing clear towards finish, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs beating Solway Dandy (10-12) by 5l, 8 ran.
River Clare (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 7th, headway 3 out, mistake 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 21l behind Sur La Mer (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jul.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, led narrowly 3rd, headed after 3 out, lost place before next, weakened last, 5th of 10, 22l behind Dorry K (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Moaning Butcher 66-1 (10-9) In rear, ridden 4th, behind 8th, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Byron Blue (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gf.