St John Lee Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 43.10s
- Off time: 15:41:10
|1st||1 One For Harry||7/5f|
|2nd||4 Persian Herald||2¼||5/2|
One For Harry (IRE) 88
|6||166 11-12||N G Richards||B Harding||118||7/5f|
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 12
|10||165 11-11 p||Micky Hammond||K Renwick||117||11/1|
Romany Ryme 37
|8||164 11-10||G Bewley||J Bewley (5)||116||4/1|
Persian Herald 27
|6||156 11-2||Mrs S J Smith||D Bourke (7)||108||5/2|
Morning Time (IRE) 131
|8||155 11-1||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||107||11/1|
||7||112 h||Mrs R Dobbin||Craig Nichol||108||NR|
||8||11-4||Ferdy Murphy||Tony Kelly||5/1|
Persian Herald attempted to make all over 2m at Newcastle but couldn't hold the late thrust of Rhymers Stone. All of his four victories over hurdles have been over the minimum trip and he may get outstayed. One For Harry shot up the weights after completing a double last season and has been unable to cope. He's still 10lb higher than his last win while the form of Romany Ryme's close second to Wolf Shield at Newcastle has been badly let down by the winner and he's fallen in his subsequent starts. Morning Time went up 12lb for his victory over 2m1f here in November and didn't impress a couple of weeks later while the once very promising chaser Master Of The Hall has been well beaten in recent starts over hurdles. BE MY PRESENT gained her first success over timber over a shorter distance here last time, giving the impression there's better to come over this sort of trip so she's given the nod.
Be My Present 7-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, led before last, driven out, just held on towards finish, won at Hexham 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs beating Politelysed (9-11) by nk, 10 ran.
One For Harry (IRE) 9-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Trucking Along (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Persian Herald 4-1 (11-3) Led until 4th, remained prominent, led again before 3 out, strongly challenged approaching last, headed flat, kept on, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Rhymers Stone (11-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Romany Ryme 4-1 (10-5) Towards rear, headway before 5 out, ridden after 4 out, soon outpaced, staying on in 4th and looking held when fell 2 out, in a race won by The Ramblin Kid (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) With leader, weakened before 6 out, soon in rear, 8th of 10, 47l behind Hidden Justice (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Morning Time (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, effort between last 2, one pace when hit last, no extra flat, 5th of 10, 11l behind Tikkandemickey (11-1) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.