Haydn Hughes Of R & R Retirement Novices' Handicap Chase 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,054 2nd £897 3rd £448 4th £224
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 16.70s
- Off time: 15:05:18
|1st||2 Honest John||4/1|
|2nd||5 Chac Du Cadran||nk||3/1j|
Qualviro (FR) 19
|8||166 11-12 v1||Tim Vaughan||R J Killoran||115||11/2|
Honest John 17
|8||166 11-12||S Gollings||D F O'Regan||115||4/1|
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 14
|6||164 11-10||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||113||6/1|
|7||163 11-9 p1||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||112||18/1|
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 19
|6||163 11-9 p1||C C Bealby||T Messenger||112||3/1j|
Weston Lodge (IRE) 32
|6||161 11-7||T R George||P J Brennan||110||3/1j|
|6||157 11-3||K G Reveley||J Reveley||106||20/1|
Beneficial Reform (IRE)
||6||11-7||J Ewart||Nick Scholfield||7/1|
HONEST JOHN jumped for fun when making all at Huntingdon. He's won off higher marks than this over hurdles and could take some catching if allowed to dictate matters again here. Qualviro is tried in a visor after another second at Ffos Las but Chac Du Cadran probably needs to improve on his two runs to date over fences if he's to break his duck and the jury is out on Knockando at present. There should be more to come from Bangor fourth Weston Lodge, however, as he's already won over hurdles and between the flags while Crafti Bookie made a promising start over the larger obstacles when fourth at Newcastle and makes more appeal than Musselburgh fifth D'Gigi.
Honest John 5-2fav (11-5) With leader, led 7th, clear after 3 out, ridden out flat, won at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft beating Rif (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 15-8fav (11-9) Disputed lead early, tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 11th, rallied to chase leading pair 4 out, plugged on, 3rd of 7, 21l behind Prophete De Guye (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 11th, ridden before 4 out, weakening when mistake last, 4th of 11, 14l behind Aland Islands (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs.
Qualviro (FR) 2-1fav (11-12) Held up, mistake 3rd, went 3rd 13th, ridden approaching 4 out, not fluent 2 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Bounds And Leaps (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
D'Gigi 7-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 20l behind Civil Unrest (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gd.
Weston Lodge (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, jumped left 2nd, mistake next, 6th when mistake 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 15, 29l behind Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct.
Knockando 16-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, pushed along 9th, soon strugling, fell 2 out, in a race won by Rose Of The Moon (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs, 7 ran.