York

  • 16:55 Coral Backing Changing Faces Handicap2m 2f

  • Winner £6,469 2nd £1,925 3rd £962 4th £481
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 11.06s
  • Off time: 16:56:00
16:55 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mashaari (IRE) 9/2
2nd Cape Tribulation 6/1
3rd Valid Reason 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (14) 020696 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Fork Handles 14
Nag me
4 9-11 M R Channon G Baker 81 16/117.00
4 (6) 71500/6 WHITE, LIGHT BLUE spots, WHITE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, WHITE spots Cape Tribulation 125
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 9-10 J M Jefferson P McDonald 80 6/17.00
5 (11) 240052 Dark Blue, Yellow halved sleeves, quartered cap French Hollow 22
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 9-10 T J FitzGerald F Tylicki 80 11/26.50
6 (4) 332-656 Emerald green, yellow epaulets, yellow sleeves, emerald green armlets, yellow cap Valid Reason 8
Nag me
5 9-9 D K Ivory S W Kelly 79 8/19.00
8 (9) 1/3-3423 Black and Orange check, Black sleeves and cap Hawridge Star (IRE) 36
Nag me
10 9-5 W S Kittow L P Keniry 75 10/111.00
9 (3) 7223 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Mashaari (IRE) 80
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-2 J H M Gosden P Hanagan 84 9/25.50
10 (8) 645077 Royal Blue and White (quartered), White sleeves, Red armlets, Royal Blue cap, White diamonds Becausewecan (USA) 21
Nag me
6 9-2 M Johnston S De Sousa 72 8/19.00
12 (1) 4-33241 White, royal blue star, white and black striped sleeves, white cap, black star River Dragon (IRE) 8
Nag me
7 8-12 T Coyle Barry McHugh 68 4/15.00
14 (12) 457122 Maroon and Yellow check, Maroon sleeves, Yellow cap Generous Dream 10
Nag me
4 8-10 M Brittain D Allan 65 12/113.00
15 (10) 3060-U3 Black and white diabolo, black sleeves, white stars and stars on cap Tiny Temper (IRE) 13
Nag me
4 8-10 R A Fahey T Hamilton 62 14/115.00
Non runners
1 (5)1103Asker (IRE)410-0M P TregoningNon Runner84
3 (7)421408Orsippus (USA)69-10M SmithA Mullen80
7 (2)2216-10Astromagick49-7M H TompkinsNon Runner77
11 (13)683326Bradbury (IRE)49-0J D BethellT E Durcan70
13 (15)111284Waterford Star (IRE)48-12Ian WilliamsE Ahern68

Verdict

River Dragon is in good form and has won over hurdles since beating Generous Dream by more than two lengths on heavy ground at Newcastle. Last year's winner Orsippus and Cape Tribulation are both decent hurdlers who should be staying on when others have cried enough. The former had French Hollow behind when scoring at Pontefract in June, though the latter is 5lb better off here and chased home Los Nadis in the mud at Ayr last month off today's mark when Asker was back in third. It's more than a year since BECAUSEWECAN was in the winner's enclosure but he can race off a 14lb lower mark now and has shown enough on occasions this year to suggest he retains his enthusiasm. He could be allowed to start at generous odds for this. Mashaari is the only three-year-old trying his luck over this marathon trip but he's probably best watched after a couple of months off.