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15:35 Saturday 07 February 2015

BETFAIR HURDLE (HANDICAP) (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 2m 110y
Prize : £155,000 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Gd/Sft
Race Type : Hurdle
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Joshua Moore silk 22. VIOLET DANCER 22. VIOLET DANCER F (67) <
139+
> -11 Joshua Moore 5 10-9 20/121 20/121
Joshua Moore silk b g BERTOLINI (USA) - ANOTHER SECRET EFISIO J: Joshua Moore
T: Gary Moore
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s) OR: 132
Gary Moore (s) (132)
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had been turned over at 5/1-on in a Flat maiden since Kempton but form in this sphere is generally progressive, first-time cheekpieces seeming to have a positive effect as he took this valuable prize for his first handicap success, no fluke about it, but he was well positioned/ridden in a race that surprisingly little got involved; pressed leader, went with enthusiasm, left in front fifth, pressed on next and responded well, unchallenged in the straight, with several meeting trouble in behind; he'll continue to run well but circumstances aren't sure to be so favourable in other similar events upcoming.
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2 2 Richard Johnson silk 3 9. CHELTENIAN (FR) 9. CHELTENIAN (FR) C (126) <
143
> -4 Richard Johnson 9 11-4 22/123 22/123
Richard Johnson silk b g ASTARABAD (USA) - SALAMAITE (FR) MANSONNIEN (FR) J: Richard Johnson
T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-4 Eq: (h) OR: 141
Philip Hobbs (h) (141)
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was immediately back over hurdles having made mistakes on recent chasing debut and, from 7 lb higher than when fourth in this same race last year, ran his best race yet over jumps, needing no excuses, better placed than most in fact; tracked pace, travelled well, chased leader before 2 out, kept on; he went for the County Hurdle on the back of this last year and connections may well have the same plan for him again.
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3 3 Noel Fehily silk 1 5. ACTIVIAL (FR) 5. ACTIVIAL (FR) -7 <
144+
> +2 Noel Fehily 5 11-6 8/19 8/19
Noel Fehily silk grg LORD DU SUD (FR) - KISSMIRIAL (FR) SMADOUN (FR) J: Noel Fehily
T: Harry Fry
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-6 OR: 143
Harry Fry (143)
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is shaping up well, worth remembering just how young and lightly raced he is, encouraging that he's been placed in 2 of the most competitive handicap hurdles of the season now, gaining experience all the while, and shaped here as if more emphasis on stamina will suit ideally; in touch, tracked pace fifth, driven between last 2, stuck to task; he remains with potential and returning to more testing ground might well suit, his win in the Adonis last year the only time he's encountered soft ground (good to soft every other start).
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4 4 Sam Twiston-Davies silk 9 4. CALIPTO (FR) 4. CALIPTO (FR) +3 <
129
> Sam Twiston-Davies 5 11-6 13/27.5f 13/27.5f
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg CALIFET (FR) - PEUTIOT (FR) VALANOUR (IRE) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (h+t) OR: 143
Paul Nicholls (h+t) (143)
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was well backed for this returning from 4 months off, with a hood fitted, understandably so as he's potentially well handicapped thinking back to how well he shaped in last year's Triumph Hurdle, and he ran better than the bare result this day too, poorly placed as it panned out; held up, some headway approaching 3 out, stayed on without getting on terms; may yet have a better performance in him, only a 5-y-o after all, and certainly worth another chance.
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5 5 Nick Scholfield silk 1 10. JOLLY'S CRACKED IT (FR) 10. JOLLY'S CRACKED IT (FR) +14 <
125
> -15 Nick Scholfield 6 11-3 16/117 16/117
Nick Scholfield silk bg ASTARABAD (USA) - JOLLY HARBOUR RUDIMENTARY (USA) J: Nick Scholfield
T: Harry Fry
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-3 OR: 140
Harry Fry (140)
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wasn't seen to best effect on handicap debut, shaping with some promise by the finish, his opening mark not prohibitive for all that some improvement will be needed to defy it; raced off the pace, outpaced 3 out, ran on late, never nearer, unsuited by the way the race developed to some extent and also left impression he needs emphasis more on stamina; he's well worth a try at around 2½m next.
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6 6 Paul N. O'Brien silk ¾ 13. ARZAL (FR) 13. ARZAL (FR) +10 <
122+
> Paul N. O'Brien (7) 5 11-2 20/121 20/121
Paul N. O'Brien silk b or brg VENDANGEUR (IRE) - GHOSTALINE (FR) GHOST BUSTER'S (FR) J: Paul N. O'Brien (7)
T: Harry Whittington
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-2 Eq: (t) OR: 139
Harry Whittington (t) (139)
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isn't obviously well treated starting out in handicaps but, fitted with a tongue strap and claimer ridden, he shaped much better than the bare result, catching the eye at the finish, probably more so than anything else; mid-division, going well when badly hampered fifth and shuffled right back, made headway again 2 out, finished with running left; remains capable of better.
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7 7 Dougie Costello silk nk 20. FORCED FAMILY FUN 20. FORCED FAMILY FUN F (42) <
117+
> -10 Dougie Costello 5 10-11 40/141 40/141
Dougie Costello silk bg REFUSE TO BEND (IRE) - JUNIPER GIRL (IRE) REVOQUE (IRE) J: Dougie Costello
T: John Quinn
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 134
John Quinn (134)
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has been harshly dealt with by the handicapper, up 12 lb for Wetherby win, but shaped as if still in good form; chased leaders, hampered fifth, keeping on when bad mistake 2 out, no further impression.
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8 8 Paul Moloney silk hd 15. ON TOUR (IRE) 15. ON TOUR (IRE) +13 <
121+
> -21 Paul Moloney 7 11-1 8/19 8/19
Paul Moloney silk bg CROCO ROUGE (IRE) - GALANT TOUR (IRE) RIBERETTO J: Paul Moloney
T: Evan Williams
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 138
Evan Williams (138)
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still looks on a handy mark and shaped better than the bare result returning from 11 weeks off; dropped out, travelled smoothly, rapid headway between 3 out and 2 out, chased leaders, weakened run-in, paid the price for big move into contention (might also have needed the run slightly); it wouldn't be a surprise if he was to make a much bigger impact in other valuable handicap hurdles upcoming.
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9 9 Tom Scudamore silk ¾ 16. BALGARRY (FR) 16. BALGARRY (FR) +18 <
119
> Tom Scudamore 8 11-0 14/115 14/115
Tom Scudamore silk chg BALLINGARRY (IRE) - MARIE DE MOTREFF (FR) KENDOR (FR) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-0 OR: 137
David Pipe (137)
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wasn't disgraced but, unlike several others, seemed beaten on merit, prominent before fading from 2 out.
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10 10 Tom Cannon silk 24. LIGHTENTERTAINMENT (IRE) 24. LIGHTENTERTAINMENT (IRE) +5 <
110
> +5 Tom Cannon 7 10-8 16/117 16/117
Tom Cannon silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - DOCHAS SUPREME (IRE) SUPREME LEADER J: Tom Cannon
T: Chris Gordon
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 131
Chris Gordon (131)
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had winning run ended in an even more competitive race, though dropping back in trip on a flat track didn't seem ideal, the test inadequate; held up, outpaced soon after fifth, merely closed up late; will benefit from return to around 2½m.
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11 11 R. Walsh silk 12. WICKLOW BRAVE 12. WICKLOW BRAVE 0 <
114
> R. Walsh 6 11-3 9/110 9/110
R. Walsh silk bg BEAT HOLLOW - MORAINE RAINBOW QUEST (USA) J: R. Walsh
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-3 OR: 140
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (140)
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has had a season to forget so far but is becoming well handicapped and hinted at a revival after 10 weeks off; dropped out, travelled better than most, some headway 3 out, hampered next, weakened but not knocked about; he's not one to dismiss totally for such as the County Hurdle.
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12 12 Jamie Moore silk hd 2. PINE CREEK 2. PINE CREEK +21 <
118
> -16 Jamie Moore 7 11-7 16/117 16/117
Jamie Moore silk b g DOYEN (IRE) - VALLEY OF GOLD (FR) SHIRLEY HEIGHTS J: Jamie Moore
T: John Ferguson
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-7 OR: 144
John Ferguson (144)
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wasn't in the same form as when second in the Ladbroke 7 weeks earlier; tracked pace, lost place before 3 out, weakened, not persevered with once held.
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13 13 Wayne Hutchinson silk nk 8. SLEEPY HAVEN (IRE) 8. SLEEPY HAVEN (IRE) +10 <
115+
> -16 Wayne Hutchinson 5 11-5 66/167 66/167
Wayne Hutchinson silk bg INDIAN HAVEN - HIGH SOCIETY GIRL (IRE) KEY OF LUCK (USA) J: Wayne Hutchinson
T: Jennie Candlish
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (t) OR: 142
Jennie Candlish (t) (142)
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found run of good form coming to a halt in a much more competitive race than those he's been winning; in rear, struggling between 4 out and 3 out, made no impression.
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14 14 Lizzie Kelly silk 4 11. AMORE ALATO 11. AMORE ALATO +19 <
107
> C (111) Lizzie Kelly (7) 6 11-3 20/121 20/121
Lizzie Kelly silk bg WINGED LOVE (IRE) - SARDAGNA (FR) MEDAALY J: Lizzie Kelly (7)
T: Nick Williams
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-3 OR: 140
Nick Williams (140)
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is handicapped to the hilt and was well held in this very competitive affair; in touch, ridden after fifth, soon beaten.
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15 15 Daryl Jacob silk 5 23. BALLYBOLLEY (IRE) 23. BALLYBOLLEY (IRE) +31 <
90
> +41 Daryl Jacob 6 10-8 16/117 16/117
Daryl Jacob silk bg KAYF TARA - GALES HILL (IRE) BEAU SHER J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (t) OR: 131
Nigel Twiston-Davies (t) (131)
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doesn't look likely to be matching his smart bumper form in this sphere any time soon but will no doubt find easier handicaps than this from opening mark; chased leaders, already held/weakening when hampered 2 out, eased off.
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16 16 Aidan Coleman silk 3 6. ASO (FR) 6. ASO (FR) +26 <
97
> +25 Aidan Coleman 5 11-6 16/117 16/117
Aidan Coleman silk b or brg GOLDNEYEV (USA) - ODYSSEE DU CELLIER (FR) DEAR DOCTOR (FR) J: Aidan Coleman
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-6 OR: 143
Venetia Williams (143)
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has been handed a stiff-looking mark and was well held on handicap debut; prominent, left behind from 3 out; he is a chaser in the making.
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17 17 Conor O'Farrell silk 31 17. SWING BOWLER 17. SWING BOWLER +71 <
40
> +52 Conor O'Farrell 8 10-12 25/126 25/126
Conor O'Farrell silk b m GALILEO (IRE) - LADY CRICKET (FR) CRICKET BALL (USA) J: Conor O'Farrell
T: David Pipe
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (b) OR: 135
David Pipe (b) (135)
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in first-time blinkers, failed to build on promise of last run, having no end product; waited with, some headway after fifth but found little in the straight.
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18 18 Brian Hughes silk 41 14. BORDONI (USA) 14. BORDONI (USA) <
> Brian Hughes 6 11-1 25/126 25/126
Brian Hughes silk b g BERNARDINI (USA) - ARGENTINA (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA) J: Brian Hughes
T: John Ferguson
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-1 Eq: (s) OR: 138
John Ferguson (s) (138)
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was back in headgear but ran poorly after 10 weeks off; chased leaders, raced lazily, lost place after fourth, soon done with.
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F F James Reveley silk 19. CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE (IRE) 19. CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE (IRE) <
+
> James Reveley 6 10-11 16/117 16/117
James Reveley silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - FAIRY NATIVE (IRE) BE MY NATIVE (USA) J: James Reveley
T: John Quinn
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 134
John Quinn (134)
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making handicap debut, failed to complete; led, going well when fell heavily fifth, too far out to suggest outcome; remains open to improvement, though may need some recovery time after this.
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bd bd William Kennedy silk 21. EBONY EXPRESS 21. EBONY EXPRESS -17 <
115?
> +14 William Kennedy 6 10-11 33/134 33/134
William Kennedy silk blg SUPERIOR PREMIUM - COFFEE ICE PRIMO DOMINIE J: William Kennedy
T: Dr Richard Newland
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 134
Dr Richard Newland (134)
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looks too high in weights and struggled in such a competitive race, though failure to complete was no fault of his own; in touch, pushed along before 3 out, held when brought down 2 out.
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F F Harry Skelton silk 18. FASCINO RUSTICO 18. FASCINO RUSTICO +6 <
122?
> Harry Skelton 7 10-12 16/117 16/117
Harry Skelton silk b g MILAN - RUSTIC CHARM (IRE) CHARNWOOD FOREST (IRE) J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-12 Eq: (h+t) OR: 135
Dan Skelton (h+t) (135)
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remains in good form, in the process of running well when departing here; mid-division, travelled strongly, smooth headway 3 out, ridden when fell 2 out, might have been placed.
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F F A. P. McCoy silk 7. GOODWOOD MIRAGE (IRE) 7. GOODWOOD MIRAGE (IRE) <
+
> A. P. McCoy 5 11-5 20/121 20/121
A. P. McCoy silk bg JEREMY (USA) - PHANTOM WATERS PHARLY (FR) J: A. P. McCoy
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (b) OR: 142
Jonjo O'Neill (b) (142)
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in first-time blinkers after 7 weeks off, blundered and unseated Tony McCoy at the first flight.
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ur ur Barry Geraghty silk 3. VASCO DU RONCERAY (FR) 3. VASCO DU RONCERAY (FR) <
> Barry Geraghty 6 11-6 28/129 28/129
Barry Geraghty silk grg AL NAMIX (FR) - LANDZA DE RONCERAY (FR) CHAMBERLIN (FR) J: Barry Geraghty
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (h) OR: 143
Nicky Henderson (h) (143)
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after 11 weeks off, produced a laboured effort; in touch, lost place fifth, behind when hampered and unseated 2 out, would have finished well beaten.
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Non Runners: SIGN OF A VICTORY (IRE). Hurdles: 8.

Winning Owner: D Bessell & Galloping On The South Downs

Time: 3m 55.15s Closing Sectional: (4.14f): 61.90s (95.3%)

A race established as one of - if not the most - competitive handicap hurdle this side of the spring festivals and it had a typically open look as plenty of in-form/progressive sorts came together; in the event, however, it didn't prove as such, with prominent racers favoured and little getting involved from off the pace, more due to various bits of trouble in behind as opposed to the gallop set, Violet Dancer unchallenged after breaking a few lengths clear off the home turn.

VIOLET DANCER had been turned over at 5/1-on in a Flat maiden since Kempton but form in this sphere is generally progressive, first-time cheekpieces seeming to have a positive effect as he took this valuable prize for his first handicap success, no fluke about it, but he was well positioned/ridden in a race that surprisingly little got involved; pressed leader, went with enthusiasm, left in front fifth, pressed on next and responded well, unchallenged in the straight, with several meeting trouble in behind; he'll continue to run well but circumstances aren't sure to be so favourable in other similar events upcoming.

CHELTENIAN (FR) was immediately back over hurdles having made mistakes on recent chasing debut and, from 7 lb higher than when fourth in this same race last year, ran his best race yet over jumps, needing no excuses, better placed than most in fact; tracked pace, travelled well, chased leader before 2 out, kept on; he went for the County Hurdle on the back of this last year and connections may well have the same plan for him again.

ACTIVIAL (FR) is shaping up well, worth remembering just how young and lightly raced he is, encouraging that he's been placed in 2 of the most competitive handicap hurdles of the season now, gaining experience all the while, and shaped here as if more emphasis on stamina will suit ideally; in touch, tracked pace fifth, driven between last 2, stuck to task; he remains with potential and returning to more testing ground might well suit, his win in the Adonis last year the only time he's encountered soft ground (good to soft every other start).

CALIPTO (FR) was well backed for this returning from 4 months off, with a hood fitted, understandably so as he's potentially well handicapped thinking back to how well he shaped in last year's Triumph Hurdle, and he ran better than the bare result this day too, poorly placed as it panned out; held up, some headway approaching 3 out, stayed on without getting on terms; may yet have a better performance in him, only a 5-y-o after all, and certainly worth another chance.

JOLLY'S CRACKED IT (FR) wasn't seen to best effect on handicap debut, shaping with some promise by the finish, his opening mark not prohibitive for all that some improvement will be needed to defy it; raced off the pace, outpaced 3 out, ran on late, never nearer, unsuited by the way the race developed to some extent and also left impression he needs emphasis more on stamina; he's well worth a try at around 2½m next.

ARZAL (FR) isn't obviously well treated starting out in handicaps but, fitted with a tongue strap and claimer ridden, he shaped much better than the bare result, catching the eye at the finish, probably more so than anything else; mid-division, going well when badly hampered fifth and shuffled right back, made headway again 2 out, finished with running left; remains capable of better.

FORCED FAMILY FUN has been harshly dealt with by the handicapper, up 12 lb for Wetherby win, but shaped as if still in good form; chased leaders, hampered fifth, keeping on when bad mistake 2 out, no further impression.

ON TOUR (IRE) still looks on a handy mark and shaped better than the bare result returning from 11 weeks off; dropped out, travelled smoothly, rapid headway between 3 out and 2 out, chased leaders, weakened run-in, paid the price for big move into contention (might also have needed the run slightly); it wouldn't be a surprise if he was to make a much bigger impact in other valuable handicap hurdles upcoming.

BALGARRY (FR) wasn't disgraced but, unlike several others, seemed beaten on merit, prominent before fading from 2 out.

LIGHTENTERTAINMENT (IRE) had winning run ended in an even more competitive race, though dropping back in trip on a flat track didn't seem ideal, the test inadequate; held up, outpaced soon after fifth, merely closed up late; will benefit from return to around 2½m.

WICKLOW BRAVE has had a season to forget so far but is becoming well handicapped and hinted at a revival after 10 weeks off; dropped out, travelled better than most, some headway 3 out, hampered next, weakened but not knocked about; he's not one to dismiss totally for such as the County Hurdle.

PINE CREEK wasn't in the same form as when second in the Ladbroke 7 weeks earlier; tracked pace, lost place before 3 out, weakened, not persevered with once held.

SLEEPY HAVEN (IRE) found run of good form coming to a halt in a much more competitive race than those he's been winning; in rear, struggling between 4 out and 3 out, made no impression.

AMORE ALATO is handicapped to the hilt and was well held in this very competitive affair; in touch, ridden after fifth, soon beaten.

BALLYBOLLEY (IRE) doesn't look likely to be matching his smart bumper form in this sphere any time soon but will no doubt find easier handicaps than this from opening mark; chased leaders, already held/weakening when hampered 2 out, eased off.

ASO (FR) has been handed a stiff-looking mark and was well held on handicap debut; prominent, left behind from 3 out; he is a chaser in the making.

SWING BOWLER in first-time blinkers, failed to build on promise of last run, having no end product; waited with, some headway after fifth but found little in the straight.

BORDONI (USA) was back in headgear but ran poorly after 10 weeks off; chased leaders, raced lazily, lost place after fourth, soon done with.

CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE (IRE) making handicap debut, failed to complete; led, going well when fell heavily fifth, too far out to suggest outcome; remains open to improvement, though may need some recovery time after this.

EBONY EXPRESS looks too high in weights and struggled in such a competitive race, though failure to complete was no fault of his own; in touch, pushed along before 3 out, held when brought down 2 out.

FASCINO RUSTICO remains in good form, in the process of running well when departing here; mid-division, travelled strongly, smooth headway 3 out, ridden when fell 2 out, might have been placed.

GOODWOOD MIRAGE (IRE) in first-time blinkers after 7 weeks off, blundered and unseated Tony McCoy at the first flight.

VASCO DU RONCERAY (FR) after 11 weeks off, produced a laboured effort; in touch, lost place fifth, behind when hampered and unseated 2 out, would have finished well beaten.