Blue Square Bet Handicap Chase 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 3, 11 runners)
- Winner £8,122 2nd £2,385 3rd £1,192 4th £596
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 36.40s
- Off time: 14:59:15
|2nd||3 Fill The Power||½||9/2j|
|3rd||10 Emperor Concerto||18||20/1|
The Panama Kid (IRE) 57
|8||166 11-12||J M Jefferson||Harry Haynes||133||40/1|
Richard's Sundance (IRE) 53
|10||164 11-10 p||V R A Dartnall||A Glassonbury||131||14/1|
Fill The Power (IRE) 42
|6||163 11-9||Mrs S J Smith||D C Costello||130||9/2j|
Safran De Cotte (FR) 36
|6||159 11-5||H D Daly||A Tinkler||126||9/2j|
Lie Forrit (IRE) 20
|8||158 11-4||W Amos||B Harding||125||7/1|
Triptico (FR) 21
|6||158 11-4||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||125||5/1|
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 11
|7||154 11-0||S Gollings||T Scudamore||121||6/1|
Carpincho (FR) 14
|8||152 10-12 t||Mrs S J Humphrey||Jack Doyle||119||11/1|
|9||150 10-10||K G Reveley||J Reveley||117||16/1|
Emperor Concerto 245
|9||145 10-5||Mrs L Wadham||R Thornton||112||20/1|
|7||141 10-1||B I Case||Killian Moore (7)||108||14/1|
A competitive handicap and several have decent claims. Richard's Sundance takes the odd chance at his fences but did nothing wrong when making most at Exeter last month while Lie Forrit showed a bit more at Kelso last time. Triptico has done well over fences so far, winning cosily over 2m4f at Chepstow earlier this month. The grey won't be far away if handling the step up in distance while Handtheprizeover has won three of his last four. He doesn't stand much racing but has an excellent strike rate and Killian Moore again takes off 7lb. Fill The Power 's second to Wyck Hill at Wetherby has been franked, as has SAFRAN DE COTTE's defeat of Godsmejudge at Stratford, and it's the latter that gets a tentative vote. He was trying to concede weight to a couple of potentially smart novices at Haydock next time and could be well handicapped here on ground that will suit. Brunswick Gold is in decent form and will be pressing for a place again but Emperor Concerto returns from a lay-off and the others need to improve on what they've shown recently to figure.
Handtheprizeover 5-1 (11-9) Chased leader, led 3rd, strongy pressed when blundered and headed 2 out, rallied gamely last, driven to lead again flat, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft beating Last Shot (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Fill The Power (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Prominent, under pressure after 5 out, rallied 3 out, every chance after last, just failed, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Wyck Hill (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Emperor Concerto 6-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, behind from 10th, weakened from next, tailed off and pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Mumbles Head (11-6) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Apr, 6 ran.
Safran De Cotte (FR) 12-1 (11-6) Close up, mistake 9th, ridden 4 out, went clear 3rd next, plugged on, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 6, 31l behind Poungach (11-1) at Haydock 2m 6f nov chs (2) sft in Nov.
Richard's Sundance (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led until not fluent 1st, led after 3rd until 6th, led 11th, driven approaching last, edged right towards finish, held on, won at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov beating Swincombe Rock (11-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 15th, strongly challenged from 3 out, headed after last, no extra close home, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Harris Hawk (9-13) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Categorical 15-2 (11-5) Tracked leader, weakened 5 out, 10th of 14, 33l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
The Panama Kid (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, weakened soon after 9th, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Bless The Wings (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Lie Forrit (IRE) 9-4 (10-5) Held up last, went 5th at 2nd, headway to 3rd 3 out, (normal 5 out), went 2nd after next, driven to challenge bypassing omitted last, eased when no impression final 50 yards, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Douglas Julian (10-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs (2) sft.
Triptico (FR) 5-2fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway 11th, challenged on inside 3 out, ridden to lead approaching last, stayed on well flat, won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy beating Noble Legend (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Carpincho (FR) 8-1 (11-12) In touch, took closer order 4th, weakened 12th, soon behind, 5th of 8, well behind Well Refreshed (10-5) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy.