Betfred Supports The NRC Handicap 1m 4y
- (4yo+, 1m 4y, Class 5, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,234 2nd £962 3rd £481 4th £240
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 44.67s
- Off time: 15:20:35
|2nd||8 Dakota Canyon||½||11/1|
Shamaheart (IRE) 25
|4||133 9-7 p1||G A Harker||S De Sousa||75||16/1|
|4||132 9-6||Micky Hammond||P McDonald||74||15/2|
St Paul De Vence (IRE) 322
|4||132 9-6||P F I Cole||Raul Da Silva||74||10/1|
Who's Shirl 9
|8||132 9-6||C W Fairhurst||P Mulrennan||74||16/1|
|9||131 9-5||Miss Tracy Waggott||D Swift||73||20/1|
Dark Ocean (IRE) 22
|4||130 9-4||Jedd O'Keeffe||G Lee||72||2/1f|
Duke of Grazeon (IRE) 18
|4||127 9-1||Mrs I G-Leveque||R Ffrench||69||3/1|
Dakota Canyon (IRE) 89
|5||125 8-13 b||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||67||11/1|
Icy Blue 18
|6||121 8-9 p||R M Whitaker||George Chaloner (3)||63||9/1|
||4||9-3||G A Swinbank||R Winston||8/1|
Coreggio is interesting in that he was progressive last term and ran consistently well at this track but he may just need this first run of the campaign, likewise the unexposed St Paul De Vence. Dark Ocean was rather frustrating last term but looked something of a reformed character when staying on stoutly to land a first success here last time over this trip. It will be no surprise to see him go very close once again, despite a 6lb rise in the weights, but DUKE OF GRAZEON is a value option. He remains on a good mark and enjoyed a consistent campaign last season, often suggesting that he would make up into a better four-year-old. The cobwebs should have been blown away with his run at Thirsk and he makes more appeal than Who's Shirl and Icy Blue.
Correggio 20-1 (8-6) Behind, driven 4f out, headway on inside over 2f out, soon chased leaders, ridden and every chance 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Ajman Bridge (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Dakota Canyon (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Mr Red Clubs (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Shamaheart (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, last of 6, 45l behind Esteaming (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Who's Shirl 12-1 (9-6) In rear, outpaced 4f out, ridden and headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Victoire De Lyphar (9-7) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
St Paul De Vence (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in last trio, headway on outside to press leader halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened, 6th of 8, 5l behind Interior Minister (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Icy Blue 8-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Flexible Flyer (9-4) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Shadowtime 8-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 5l behind Border Bandit (8-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Duke of Grazeon (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened final furlong, 7th of 16, 12l behind Flexible Flyer (9-4) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Dark Ocean (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon edged left, ridden to lead 1f out, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Kyllachy Star (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.