O'Brien & Partners Handicap Hurdle 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 25.07s
- Off time: 15:00:25
|1st||3 Minella For Steak||7/4f|
My Lucky Flame (IRE) 20
|6||166 11-12||S Curran||Mikey Hamill (10)||119||17/2|
Water Wagtail 248
|6||159 11-5||Miss E C Lavelle||G Sheehan (3)||112||15/8|
Minella For Steak (IRE) 14
|6||158 11-4 pt||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||111||7/4f|
Ajman (IRE) 61
|8||152 10-12 t||Evan Williams||Conor Ring (7)||105||15/2|
Leeroar (IRE) 201
|5||147 10-7 t1||Miss J S Davis||D Elsworth||100||11/1|
|6||146 10-6 p1||Lucy Jones||W Kennedy||99||11/1|
||7||107 p1||P Bowen||T J O'Brien||100||NR|
Emma Lavelle has her string in sparkling form so it would be no surprise to see a big run from the lightly-raced Water Wagtail on his handicap debut but Huntingdon runner-up MINELLA FOR STEAK should handle conditions and has plenty of stamina so is the obvious choice. Jump Up looks a danger as he's now won twice over course and distance. Most recent victim Captain Moonman runs earlier on the card so that should be a good guide to his chances. Ajman is better on quicker ground, however, and may have stamina limitations while My Lucky Flame still looks too high in the weights.
Jump Up 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 5th, challenged 3 out, edged right and led before last, stayed on, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Captain Moonman (10-10) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Minella For Steak (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, challenged 8th, mistake and went left 3 out, every chance when pecked next, 3 lengths down last, edged left flat, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Dom Lukka (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Ifyouthinkso 6-1 (11-9) Chased leader until 4th, reminders soon after next, struggling and soon lost place, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Cruising Bye (10-6) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf, 7 ran.
Water Wagtail 13-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, kept on same pace, weakened from next, 5th of 15, 36l behind Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Leeroar (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 5th until 7th, chased leaders, bumped 3 out, 5th and beaten when blundered last, 5th of 10, 34l behind Occasionally Yours (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Ajman (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Mid-division, closed after 2nd, not fluent 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, stayed on, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Mount Vesuvius (11-2) at Stratford 2m 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Aug.
My Lucky Flame (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders 6th, went 2nd 7th until next, soon pushed along, already weakened when mistake 3 out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Dark Spirit (9-11) at Ludlow 3m (3) gd.