George Morris Handicap (Div 2) 7f 32y
- (3yo+, 7f 32y, Class 5, 8 runners)
- Winner £2,264 2nd £674 3rd £337 4th £168
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 27.70s
- Off time: 19:09:35
|2nd||2 Cut Across||1¾||6/1|
|3rd||5 Fayr Fall||½||9/2|
Cut Across (IRE) 14
|4||132 9-6||N P Littmoden||S Sanders||73||6/1|
Gabrial's Gift (IRE) 34
|3||131 9-5||Ian Williams||J P Spencer||73||8/1|
Fayr Fall (IRE) 24
|3||130 9-4 v||T D Easterby||T E Durcan||72||9/2|
Cool Marble (IRE) 95
|5||129 9-3||J Gask||L P Keniry||70||10/1|
Restless Bay (IRE) 6
|4||127 9-1 v||Mrs K Burke||G Lee||68||9/2|
|3||125 8-13||M Botti||A Kirby||67||5/4f|
Secret Millionaire (IRE) 13
|5||122 8-10||A W Carroll||David Probert||63||66/1|
Elegant Muse 21
|4||121 8-9 t||M Appleby||L Morris||62||20/1|
||6||97 v||Mat Salaman||T G McLaughlin||74||NR|
||6||94||J Hughes||J-P Guillambert||71||NR|
Plenty with claims including top weight Rulesn'regulations and last month's C&D winner Cut Across. Fayr Fall scored at Southwell last time but was beaten only a length here before that and is another to consider though both of Noble Jack's earlier course wins came over longer distances. Elegant Muse is upped in class and Restless Bay has done all his winning over shorter trips so the speculative vote goes to HAFTOHAF, who will need to improve on last month's C&D victory in a maiden, but has plenty of scope to do so.
Rulesn'regulations 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden, hard pressed inside final furlong, kept on until headed narrowly and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Eager To Bow (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Noble Jack (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind The Lock Master (9-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Haftohaf 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, led entering final furlong, pushed out, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct beating Lucky Mark (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Cut Across (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Dwelt, behind, soon driven forward, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Mac Gille Eoin (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fayr Fall (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Prominent, joined leader on bit over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Piceno (9-7) by nk, 12 ran.
Restless Bay (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, kept on well towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Gung Ho Jack (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Elegant Muse 5-1fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Frognal (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol.
Secret Millionaire (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Not much room and bumped leaving stalls, held up, never on terms, 11th of 13, 12l behind Ring For Baileys (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Cool Marble (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 10, 5l behind Sovereign Street (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Gabrial's Gift (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Jinky (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.