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17:45 Fontwell Park

dandennis At equestrianfencing.com Handicap Chase (Class 5)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £2,800 added
  • Winner: £1,819
  • 2nd: £534
  • 3rd: £267
  • 4th: £134
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 29.50s
  • Off Time: 17:45:30
  • 10 Ran
1
Silk - Purple, Red sleeves, Purple armlets, Red cap

Zhukov (IRE)

10 b C
16/1
  • Form 543UU-3
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 99

close up, led 5th, clear before 3 out, soon hung right, headed before 2 out, one pace

2
Silk - Black, large White spots, Black sleeves, White spots, Black cap, White star
9/1
  • Form 4U57-42
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 98

tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened before last

3
Silk - RED and YELLOW stripes, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap
  • Form 6F11/54
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 97

in touch, pushed along after 6 out, chased leaders when quickly pulled up before next

4
Silk - Dark Blue, Pink epaulets, Pink sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, Pink cap
3/1
  • Form 3212-21
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 96

in rear, steady headway from 7th, ridden and weakened from 4 out, blundered last

5
Silk - Purple and Yellow check, Purple sleeves and cap
  • Form PF3/32P-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 94

led to 5th, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up

6
Silk - Red, Purple hoop and armlets, Purple and Red quartered cap

Swainson (USA)

15 p CCD
20/1
  • Form U1P/P5-3
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 90

behind, lost place after 4th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 5 out

7
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow sash, striped sleeves, Yellow cap
20/1
  • Form 54P2-03
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 89

close up, lost place 7th, reminders before 8th, quickly weakened, tailed off from 9th, pulled up

8
Silk - Yellow, Purple hoop and sleeves, Orange cap

Venetian Lad

18 BFC
7/2
  • Form 73F-516
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 85

chased leaders, went 2nd before 5 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well

9
Silk - Emerald Green and Yellow diabolo, White sleeves, Emerald Green and Yellow quartered cap
  • Form 3F6F-31
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 84

towards rear, pushed along before 5 out, went 4th from 3 out, went 3rd before last, one pace

10
Silk - Red and Grey diabolo, Grey sleeves, quartered cap

Mortar

35
40/1
  • Form PPFFP-P
  • Age 13
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 67

with leader, blundered 8th, weakened next, pulled up before 5 out

In depth

Verdict

Kap West won by 22 lengths at Towcester earlier this month, with Phar Again well behind, but distances on that stiff track can become exaggerated and he's a massive 14lb higher now. Venetian Lad disappointed over a longer trip here last time and Chicago Alley is usually worth opposing but Catch The Rascal is a recent C&D winner and still at the right end of the handicap. SWAINSON is back on a winning mark and ran a bit better than the final result suggests on his return from a break - he gets a tentative vote.

Formwatch

Zhukov (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 7th, not fluent next, mistake 4 out, soon outpaced, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Blue Hills (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.

Chicago Alley 10-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 3 out, soon chased winner, ridden before last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 14l behind Harry Flashman (11-7) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.

Bobby Bullock (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, not fluent 11th, ridden after 12th, not fluent and outpaced 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 4th of 7, 23l behind Tuskar Rock (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.

Kap West (FR) 9-4fav (10-8) Held up on inside, headway 4th, not fluent 6th, led 3 out, soon clear, easily, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Ours (11-1) by 22l, 10 ran.

Captain Crackers (IRE) 9-4 (10-8) Tracked leader to 4th, remained in touch, lost place 10th, soon ridden, weakened and pulled up after 12th, in a race won by Ballagio (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Sep, 5 ran.

Swainson (USA) 8-1 (10-3) Led and set steady pace, headed after 6th tracked leader, led again after 4 out until after next, 3rd and beaten approaching last, weakened flat, 3rd of 4, 27l behind Rackham Lerouge (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.

Phar Again (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Led until 6th, prominent until after 3 out, soon well beaten, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 30l behind Kap West (10-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.

Venetian Lad 7-2fav (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6th until 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 9, 40l behind Cypress Grove (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.

Catch The Rascal (IRE) 5-2fav (10-9) Held up in rear, steady headway 9th, good headway to lead 3 out, soon clear, driven out flat, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs beating Burnt Again (11-7) by 2l, 8 ran.

Mortar 66-1 (12-1) Hit 1st, chased leader until before 13th, weakened next, poor 4th when mistake 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Postmaster (12-1) at Folkestone 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd in May, 6 ran.