AJA Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,120 2nd £968 3rd £484 4th £242
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 12.40s
- Off time: 15:40:20
Trip The Light 1
|8||166 11-12 p||P W Middleton||Mr C P Shoemark (7)||115||17/2|
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 28
|6||162 11-8||D McCain Jnr||Mr N Slatter (5)||111||4/1|
Royal Rationale (IRE) 31
|9||161 11-7 p1||D Pipe||Mr J Bargary (7)||110||18/1|
Drussell (IRE) 42
|7||156 11-2||M R Bosley||Miss Rachel King (3)||105||3/1f|
Ajman (IRE) 51
|8||154 11-0 t||Evan Williams||Mr A Johns (7)||103||4/1|
Paddleyourowncanoe (IRE) 56
|12||145 10-5 bt||Miss E Baker||Mr H Beswick (7)||94||25/1|
Umoristic (FR) 25
|5||141 10-1||R L Brown||Mr P John (7)||90||10/3|
Lisselan Pleasure (USA) 45
|6||140 10-0 t||B J Llewellyn||Mr F Windsor Clive||89||50/1|
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 33
|7||140 10-0 p||J G M O'Shea||Mr T Cheesman (7)||80||28/1|
Nowurhurlin didn't appear to appreciate the drop back to 2m and heavy ground at Ayr earlier this month but may just have had an off-day and is better than that. Rachel King steered DRUSSELL into the winner's enclosure here last month and though her mount has a 7lb rise to contend with he should be up to the task and will get plenty of assistance from the saddle. He looks the one to be on as Ajman ran poorly at Fakenham last month, five days after falling at the last when clear at Hereford. Umoristic is still a maiden after nine starts and Trip The Lights is out of form.
Drussell (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 5th, chased leading pair before 3 out, led last, soon ridden, held on towards finish, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec beating Circus Star (11-2) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Ajman (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Held up, hit 6th, headway 3 out, plugged on one pace from next, 6th of 12, 12l behind Shilpa (10-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Paddleyourowncanoe (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway 3rd, ridden before 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 14, 45l behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Chased leaders, closed to take 2nd 6th, ridden 3 out, not fluent next, soon weakened, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Seader (11-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Umoristic (FR) 9-1 (10-1) Prominent, mistake 2nd, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last, 4th of 12, 8l behind Cridda Boy (11-1) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 5-2fav (10-11) Held up, steady headway 6th, went 3rd approaching next, mistake 3 out, went 2nd approaching next, 3 lengths to find last, stayed on to lead close home, won at Leicester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) hvy in Dec beating Capellini (10-12) by nk, 5 ran.
Trip The Light 28-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 9th of 19, 31l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Royal Rationale (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Towards rear, struggling 3 out, soon ridden, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 39l behind Home Run (10-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Lisselan Pleasure (USA) 25-1 (10-5) Towards rear, disputing poor 4th when went left and rider lost iron briefly last, no extra soon after, 5th of 9, 37l behind Not Til Monday (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f cnd/am sll hdl (5) hvy in Dec.