Sportingbet Handicap Chase 2m 6f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 6f 110y, Class 3, 11 runners)
- Winner £6,882 2nd £2,033 3rd £1,016 4th £508 5th £254 6th £128
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 53.10s
- Off time: 14:40:21
|1st||7 Sizing Santiago||9/1|
|2nd||3 Our Bomber Harris||1||12/1|
|3rd||8 Rigadin De Beauchene||2¼||11/1|
Cedre Bleu (FR) 215
|5||166 11-12||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||135||5/2f|
Alvarado (IRE) 43
|7||166 11-12||F O'Brien||Paul Moloney||135||9/2|
Our Bomber Harris 24
|8||161 11-7||H Fry||N D Fehily||130||12/1|
Tour Des Champs (FR) 41
|5||160 11-6||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||129||7/2|
Lake Legend 160
|8||159 11-5||A King||R Thornton||128||8/1|
Fine Parchment (IRE) 15
|9||158 11-4 pt||C J Mann||Mr H A A Bannister (7)||127||28/1|
Sizing Santiago (IRE) 13
|6||153 10-13 p||P Bowen||J E Moore||122||9/1|
Rigadin De Beauchene (FR) 27
|7||153 10-13||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne (3)||122||11/1|
Iona Days (IRE) 129
|7||151 10-11||J S Smith||Timmy Murphy||120||20/1|
Magical Legend 23
|11||151 10-11 t||S Kerswell||Aidan Coleman||120||50/1|
Rockabilly (FR) 14
|7||144 10-4||M H Weston||A P Cawley||113||66/1|
||5||10-5||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||11/2|
Fine Parchment, Magical Legend and Rockabilly appear to have lost their way but Sizing Santiago bounced back well from a heavy fall at Aintree to finish second at Cheltenham while this is probably Tour Des Champs' best trip and he'll be a factor if a Cheltenham fall hasn't dented his confidence. Cedre Bleu won first-time-out last season and Alvarado won over 2m5f at Wetherby last month and likes soft ground. Rigadin De Beauchene was second at Uttoxeter on his reappearance but Lake Legend and Iona Days return from a break so it could be worth taking a chance on OUR BOMBER HARRIS. Harry Fry has made a promising start to his training career and his charge looked a promising sort over fences 18 months ago. A recent run over hurdles should have blown away a few cobwebs.
Sizing Santiago (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) In touch, effort 3 out, headway on inside to to 2nd before 2 out, ridden and edged left from 2 out, stayed on same pace before last, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Swing Bill (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs.
Our Bomber Harris 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 24l behind Fox Appeal (11-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs.
Rigadin De Beauchene (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Held up, headway when not fluent 8th, went 2nd last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Cool Operator (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Cedre Bleu (FR) 16-1 (11-3) In touch, weakened before 3 out, tailed off and eased next, 13th of 17, well behind Gibb River (11-7) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Alvarado (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mistake 2nd, held up in touch, driven and outpaced 3 out, headway approaching last, switched inside and ran on well flat to lead final 50 yards, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct beating Pigeon Island (11-8) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Iona Days (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Mid-division in 4th, headway before 7th, led 5 out, headed last, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 28l behind Lamboro Lad (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, dropped to rear and reminders after 7th, lost touch 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Quartz De Thaix (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs, 10 ran.
Tour Des Champs (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Prominent, hit 1st and 11th, not fluent 12th, chased winner after 15th until hit 3 out, 3rd and weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Sire Collonges (11-5) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
Lake Legend 7-1 (11-0) Led until 2nd, led after 7th, headed next, led again 3 out, headed narrowly flat, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Iona Days (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Magical Legend 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 14th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Richard's Sundance (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Rockabilly (FR) 28-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th or 7th, behind and ridden 11th, bad mistake 12th, pulled up before 15th, in a race won by Firebird Flyer (11-9) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 8 ran.