Wetherby

  • 12:20 Blue Square Conditional Jockeys' Claiming Hurdle2m 6f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 18.40s
  • Off time: 12:20:48
12:20 Wetherby Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Albany (IRE) 15/8
2nd Mirjan (IRE) 9/2
3rd Monolith 11/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4/PP5-0 BLUE, WHITE diamond and sleeves, RED cap Minster Lake 19
6 11-12 Miss Kate Milligan Paul Callaghan (3) 64 300/1301.00
2 0P/545-3 Black and White stripes, Black sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Mirjan (IRE) 18
Course WinnerDistance Winner
12 11-8 b L Lungo J P O'farrell 123 9/25.50
3 9621P-6 WHITE, large BLACK spots, BLACK cap Monolith 37
Distance Winner
10 11-8 b L Lungo F Davis 120 11/112.00
4 5525U7 Brown and Orange (quartered), Orange sleeves, Brown armlets, Orange cap Ad Murum (IRE) 39
9 11-4 p G M Moore Mathew Dickinson (8) 94 14/115.00
5 F3U-5U7 DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap Something Gold (FR) 12
8 11-4 Mrs S J Smith George Strickland (10) 82 18/119.00
6 5017/19- Dark Blue, Orange epaulets Albany (IRE) 291
Course Winner
8 11-0 J Howard Johnson C I Gillies 133 15/82.88
7 079/00-P White, large Black spots, Black and White hooped sleeves, Black cap Fair Spin 12
8 11-0 p Micky Hammond Liam Reeves (10) 85 100/1101.00
8 5858/00- Light Green, Purple hollow box, sleeves and diamond on cap Just Waz (USA) 14
6 11-0 R M Whitaker J Halliday (5) 85 66/167.00
9 3253B3 Royal Blue and Emerald Green diabolo, Red sleeves and cap Nayodabayo (IRE) 11
8 11-0 v G J Smith D N Cullinane 103 18/119.00
10 376404 Graham Tartan, White cap Amjad 19
11 10-12 v Miss Kate Milligan T Messenger 78 100/1101.00
11 7P2U3P Light Blue, Red disc, Red cap Mr Twins (ARG) 11
Course Winner
7 10-12 R Johnson A R Adams (8) 76 40/141.00
12 P32118 Grey, Dark Blue sleeves, White cap Three Lions 34
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
11 10-12 b George Baker J W Farrelly 110 5/16.00
13 1P0418- DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap Willie The Fish (IRE) 299
11 10-12 Mrs S J Smith Gary Rutherford (8) 105 12/113.00
14 32P945 White, red triple diamond, white sleeves, red diamonds and diamonds on cap Alecia (IRE) 6
4 10-11 B G Powell J Kington 95 18/119.00
15 47/60P-0 White, Maroon hoops and armlets, quartered cap Oops (IRE) 33
9 10-10 J F Coupland Oliver Williams (3) 78 125/1126.00
16 089F Emerald Green, Yellow inverted triangle and sleeves, Orange cap Bawnafaugh (IRE) 15
5 10-8 Paul Murphy M O'connell 200/1201.00

Verdict

The veteran MIRJAN has been a credit to the Len Lungo yard over the years and while he is now only a shadow of his former self in terms of ability, the poor quality on show here means that his class might see him through and land his first victory hurdling victory in over four years. Still only 6lb lower than his last winning mark over hurdles, on the evidence of what he showed at Kelso earlier this month he will struggle in handicap company from that mark but in this grade, conceding minimal weight to rivals rated far inferior to him will be in his favour. The sound surface at this venue should also suit him. Albany is best suited by race conditions. Howard Johnson's charge only twice saw the racecourse last season, sluicing up at this venue on his first start for eight months in December before being beaten out of sight at Newbury. The handicapper gave him a hike of 16lb for his easy victory here and that quite possibly makes handicapping an unappealing proposition for connections. Given the wealth of talent at the yard, it is quite possible that a new home for Albany beckons should he score here. Three Lions was not allowed to dictate in the manner he succeeded to do when scoring on his two previous starts last time out. He faced nothing with ratings as high as the previous mentioned two in those contests which he won. Monolith is the second contender from the Lungo yard. With similar comments attached to Mirjan, flat racing is beyond them at this stage of their careers as they do not posses the necessary tactical speed to get involved. Sixteen go to post but those with realistic chances can be reduced to a smaller number and Mirjan, despite being in the latter stages of his career can land it.