Visit racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle 1m 7f 124y
- (4yo, 1m 7f 124y, Class 3, 6 runners)
- Winner £8,496 2nd £3,914 3rd £1,956 4th £980 5th £350 6th £350 7th £350 8th £350
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 47.51s
- Off time: 13:15:29
|1st||2 Minella Plus||2/1|
First Impression (IRE) 23
|4||166 11-12||J J Quinn||T J O'Brien||127|
Minella Plus (IRE) 17
|4||160 11-6 h||D McCain Jnr||B S Hughes||121|
Spiritofthenorth (FR) 13
|4||147 10-7||K A Ryan||Sean Quinlan||108|
|4||146 10-6||O Murphy||Adrian Heskin||107|
My Macho Man (IRE) 33
|4||140 10-0 t||M A Barnes||Thomas Willmott (5)||92|
Les's Legacy 31
|4||140 10-0||S Corbett||D B Hurst (7)||90|
||3||10-5||D McCain Jnr||B S Hughes||11/8|
FIRST IMPRESSION, a decent Flat handicapper, made all for a convincing victory in a Wetherby handicap and though 7lb higher can complete a double. Minella Plus easily won novices' events here and at Catterick and is an obvious threat on his handicap debut. Spiritofthenorth has been extremely consistent on the Flat and over timber and gets plenty of weight from the top pair. Auditoria was narrowly beaten in her first three starts after arriving from France and was in touch when unseating her rider at Fakenham last month. The remaining pair are out of the handicap and have it all to do.
Minella Plus (IRE)2-7fav (11-4) Led, ridden and rallied after 2 out, jumped well last hurdle, won easily, won at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gd in Nov beating Brianna Rose (10-4) by 7 1/2l, 4 ran.
AuditoriaEvensfav (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, blundered and unseated rider 4 out, at Fakenham 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Spiritofthenorth (FR)9-5 (10-12) Soon led, joined 3 out, pushed and headed entering home straight, ridden 2 out, stayed on well, 4th of 12, 3 3/4l behind Findthetime (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gd in Nov.
Les's Legacy40-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, mid-division, ridden 2 out, close up before last, no extra and lost two places run in, 4th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Heart Of Kernow (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp (5) gs in Nov.
My Macho Man (IRE)9-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, dropped to last home turn, ridden after 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd final flight, no match for winner, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Diamond State (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (4) gs in Nov.
First Impression (IRE)5-4fav (11-0) Mid division, headway just behind leaders 3 out, took it up travelling well last, ran on well flat, readily, won at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gs in Nov beating Caius Marcius (11-8) by 5l, 6 ran.