18:20 Fontwell

Wednesday 5 May 2021

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  • Class 4  |   3m 1f 166y  |   Good  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 18:20  |   Winning time: 6m 32.1s
2
Windancet46
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-12| J: Rex Dingle| T: A J Honeyball| OR:  114| CD
5/6
Has sprouted wings switched to handicaps with tongue strap enlisted the last twice, scoring at Taunton (19f) and latterly over this C&D. Should make a bold bid to complete the hat-trick.
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3
Thunderstruckp1,t140
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-11| J: Thomas Bellamy| T: Miss E C Lavelle| OR:  113
2/1
Point winner who has yet to strike under Rules. However, his latest third off a 2 lb higher mark at Newbury (3m, good to soft) offered hope that his turn may be near. Cheekpieces/tongue strap added.
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4
Drumlee Watart17
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-8| J: G Sheehan| T: W Greatrex| OR:  110
13/2
Irish point winner who showed ability in maiden/novice company prior to an improved second upped to 26.4f on recent handicap bow at Stratford (good). Needs considering.
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5
Just A Whim18
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8| J: Tabitha Worsley(5)| T: L Horsfall| OR:  110
28/1
Decent NH pedigree and appears to be going the right way judged on latest second in 23f Bangor maiden hurdle. However, another step forward will is needed now pitched into a handicap.
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7
Albert Hucklebuckv144
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-1| J: J E Moore| T: C Gordon| OR:  89
16/1
Shaped well when runner-up on only start in bumpers. However, little impact since switched to hurdles, including in first-time cheekpieces on handicap debut at Plumpton. Now tried in a visor.
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8
Clonusker Ladyh31
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-0| J: N F Houlihan(5)| T: Mrs L C Jewell| OR:  68
150/1
No show in 4 starts to date and impossible to fancy from a long way out of the handicap here.
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Non-Runners

1
Certainly Red55
Weight: 12-1|  Age: 7
T: Mrs L Richards  J: M Goldstein
NR
6
Lugg River2
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 7
T: T Symonds  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Windance (5/6), Thunderstruck (2/1), Certainly Red (2/1), Drumlee Watar (13/2), Lugg River (8/1), Albert Hucklebuck (16/1), Just A Whim (28/1), Clonusker Lady (150/1)

Verdict

Progressive and unexposed, WINDANCE is taken to maintain his 100% record in handicaps. A 6 lb rise for his C&D success last time looks very fair indeed, given that the first two pulled well clear of the rest. Conversely, Certainly Red has been hit pretty hard for his Wincanton breakthrough success and bigger threats to the selection may be posed by Thunderstruck and Drumlee Watar.

  1. WINDANCE (IRE)
  2. THUNDERSTRUCK (IRE)
  3. DRUMLEE WATAR (IRE)

Prize Money

1st: £3,159.002nd: £1,455.003rd: £727.004th: £364.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00
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