Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) 3m 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 3, 17 runners)
- Winner £8,758 2nd £2,587 3rd £1,294 4th £647 5th £323 6th £162
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 30.40s
- Off time: 14:40:28
|1st||2 Fair Along||33/1|
|2nd||5 Ballybough Pat||d.h||4/1f|
|2nd||3 Cucumber Run||2¾||33/1|
|4th||10 Counting House||3½||16/1|
American Trilogy (IRE) 33
|8||166 11-12 p||P F Nicholls||Harry Derham (5)||140||33/1|
Fair Along (GER) 27
|10||166 11-12 pt||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||140||33/1|
Cucumber Run (IRE) 41
|7||165 11-11||N J Henderson||Mr N De Boinville (7)||139||33/1|
Le Beau Bai (FR) 19
|9||163 11-9 p||R Lee||M G Nolan (5)||137||16/1|
Ballybough Pat (IRE) 34
|5||158 11-4||A J Honeyball||Aidan Coleman||132||4/1f|
|9||158 11-4||A King||R Thornton||132||7/1|
What An Oscar (IRE) 41
|7||153 10-13||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||127||33/1|
Lundy Sky 16
|7||152 10-12||A G Newcombe||A Thornton||126||25/1|
No Secrets (IRE) 364
|8||151 10-11||D Pipe||T Scudamore||125||20/1|
Counting House (IRE) 29
|9||151 10-11||J A B Old||Timmy Murphy||125||16/1|
Benbane Head (USA) 13
|8||149 10-9 t||M Keighley||A P McCoy||123||14/1|
Curtain Razer (IRE) 206
|6||148 10-8||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||122||8/1|
Wellforth (IRE) 41
|8||148 10-8 b||S Lycett||D A Jacob||122||20/1|
Destroyer Deployed 22
|6||148 10-8 v1||Tim Vaughan||B J Geraghty||122||7/1|
|8||147 10-7||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||121||12/1|
|7||146 10-6 p1||Miss R Curtis||Patrick Corbett (10)||120||8/1|
Duke Of Monmouth (IRE) 23
|5||146 10-6||C J Mann||Gavin Sheehan (7)||120||7/1|
Sivola De Sivola (FR)
||5||10-13||T R George||P J Brennan||7/2|
These qualifiers are a nightmare to unravel at the best of times and even more so at this stage of the campaign. Many of these will be back over fences in the near future, including recent Ffos Las winner Le Beau Bai who'll be bidding to repeat last year's victory in the Welsh National. Stow started favourite in that Ffos Las race and won over this C&D in February. He could reverse the form with Richard Lee's runner while Bakbenscher made a promising return from injury at Chepstow and Duke Of Monmouth ploughed through the mud to score at Warwick earlier this month and has more scope than most of these. Curtain Razer is also lightly-raced while Ballybough Pat has been in good form but the booking of Barry Geraghty for DESTROYER DEPLOYED catches the eye. Now visored, he's fancied to reverse Towcester running with Benbane Head on better terms and this longer trip should be within his range this season.
Fair Along (GER) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, weakened 4 out, 4th of 6, 45l behind Tidal Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hdl G2 (1) gs.
Cucumber Run (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, weakened next, 11th of 23, 49l behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Ballybough Pat (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Wonderful Charm (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Oct.
Counting House (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in touch in rear, pushed along approaching 10th, went 2nd before last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Arkose (10-5) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Destroyer Deployed 10-3fav (11-7) Raced wide, chased leaders, slipped going into 2nd, led 3 out, pressed and went left next, edged left and headed just before last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Benbane Head (11-11) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
American Trilogy (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 10, 22l behind Ely Brown (9-10) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Oct.
What An Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden and lost place before 6th, well behind next, pulled up after, in a race won by Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct, 23 ran.
Stow 5-2fav (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, led 3 out, ridden and headed when hit 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 9, 10l behind Le Beau Bai (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Le Beau Bai (FR) 25-1 (11-12) With leader, led approaching 4th, not fluent and headed 6th, led after 9th, headed 3 out, battled back most gamely to lead again last, stayed on, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft beating Valley Lad (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Benbane Head (USA) 16-1 (10-0) Raced wide, chased leaders, led 4 out, hit 2 out and headed soon after, chased leader and still every chance approaching last, no extra in 4th run-in, 4th of 13, 7l behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft.
Wellforth (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) In rear and soon not going well, pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Balthazar King (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gs in Oct, 19 ran.
Bakbenscher 25-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along and some headway when blundered 4 out, hit next, stayed on before last, 5th and no impression flat, 5th of 13, 10l behind Lamb Or Cod (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct.
No Secrets (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Last pair, hit 4th, blundeered 6th, lost touch before 8th, tailed off when blundered 11th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Walkon (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (2) gs in Dec, 6 ran.
Lundy Sky 6-1 (10-0) Given clear lead start, ridden and narrowly headed before hit 3 out, led again next, kept on gamely until no extra and headed final 100 yards, kept trying, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Stars Du Granits (10-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Tarbeck 66-1 (10-12) Made all, pressed from 2 out, soon ridden, kept on gamely, held on well last 50 yards, won at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Miss Milborne (10-5) by 3l, 13 ran.
Curtain Razer (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until before 3 out, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 8, 33l behind Princely Player (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in May.
Duke Of Monmouth (IRE) 3-1 (10-5) Led to 7th, led again before 5 out, hit 3 out, kept on well from last, won at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft beating Definite Chance (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.