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17:00 Haydock Park

Walrus Hunters' Chase (Class H )

  • 13 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places on chase course)
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 52.00s
  • 13 Ran
1
Silk - Dark Blue, Maroon spots, Maroon cap
  • Form 1-1151U
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-5

in touch, mistake 12th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

2
Silk - Dark Blue, Beige hoops, Dark Blue sleeves
  • Form U1511-1
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-5

prominent, lost place when blundered 10th, rallied approaching last, stayed on flat

3
Silk - Brown, Green diamond and sleeves, Orange cap
  • Form 4P2P3-3
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-5
  • Official Rating 110

towards rear, stayed on under pressure flat, never dangerous

4
Silk - Red, Royal Blue chevron, Royal Blue cap, Red spots
50/1
  • Form 0-64156
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-5
  • Official Rating 91

mid-division, ridden 13th, stayed on flat

5
Silk - BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves
3/1
  • Form P1P6/13-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-5
  • Official Rating 128

made all, jumped left, clear after 14th, ridden out

6
Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow seams and armlets
  • Form 103-31D
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-5
  • Official Rating 104

held up, ridden and headway when bumped 3 out, stayed on to go second approaching last, no extra flat

7
Silk - ORANGE and YELLOW diamonds, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, ORANGE diamond
  • Form 205-115
  • Age 14
  • Weight 12-5
  • Official Rating 115

prominent to 11th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out

10
Silk - EMERALD GREEN and WHITE diabolo, WHITE cap
12/1
  • Form 02U4/P5
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 113

mid-division, headway 9th, mistake 13th, ridden 3 out, weakened flat

11
Silk - Dark Blue, Red and White hooped sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 1342P/5
  • Age 12
  • Weight 11-12

mistake 2nd, always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 9th

12
Silk - Yellow, Black hoops, striped cap
40/1
  • Form P/3434-0
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 94

mid-division, headway 7th, outpaced 14th, rallied approaching 2 out, weakened flat

13
Silk - Emerald Green, Emerald Green and White check sleeves
10/3
  • Form 41542/2
  • Age 12
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 156

chased leaders, mistake 13th, ridden after next, weakened flat

14
Silk - Orange, Dark Green star, Dark Green sleeves, Orange stars, Dark Green cap, Orange star
  • Form 1U/PP-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-12

mistake 1st, always well behind, tailed off when pulled up before 10th

15
Silk - Dark Blue, Grey chevron, Maroon sleeves
100/1
  • Form 3016/
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-12

always well behind, jumped right, tailed off when fell 7th

8
NR
  • Form 13U/12-0
  • Age 9
  • Weight 12-2
  • Official Rating 97

Nonrunner

9
NR
  • Form 3010-12
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 140

Nonrunner

In depth

Verdict

The formerly classy chasers Legal Right and Foly Pleasant can fight this one out, with the vote going to the former now that he has proved himself capable of competing again at this level. The likes of Curly Spencer and Donnybrook already have something to find with the selection, so the game and consistent Torduff Express is forwarded as the best each-way alternative out of the rest. Paul Nicholl's charge has race fitness on his side as he bids to at least reverse last season's Aintree from with Gun 'N' Roses II. He can come out on top in that battle today. However, he would have plenty to find with our two main hopes for the race on the very best of their form and makes limited appeal for win only purposes. Foly Pleasant has already won a point-to-point this season and was far from disgraced when second to Silence Reigns at Bangor earlier in the month. A repeat of that effort will bring him into the thick of things this afternoon. He is expected to be the one to benefit if the selection fails to sparkle for any reason. However, it is worth bearing in mind that Legal Right had the likes of Bindaree and Kingsmark behind him when he won the Tommy Whittle Chase here in 2001 and could easily have gone on to be a Gold Cup contender had he not been such a fragile character. Therefore, now that he has the benefit of a race behind him, it would seem a little harsh to just assume Legal Right does not retain enough class to see him through at this level.

Formwatch

Bohemian Spirit (IRE) 3-1fav Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden and challenged 2 out, 3 lengths down when blundered and unseated rider last unseated rider at the last in race won by Red Rampage at Newcastle 3m hts chs (H) hvy, 9.

Chasing The Bride 5-2fav won at Cottenham 3m ptp gd in Jan beating Titus Bramble by 1l, 7 ran.

Curly Spencer (IRE) 14-1 Chased leaders, mistake 11th, ridden approaching 4 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 20l behind Sleeping Night at Wetherby 3m 1f hts chs (H) gs.

Gun'n Roses II (FR) 11-2jt-fav Prominent, went 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, weakened last, 3rd of 25, 15l behind Forest Gunner at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (B) gd in Apr.

The Butterwick Kid 7-2 Led, blundered 1st, left clear last, kept on well (disqualified for taking wrong course after 3rd), won at Newcastle 3m hts chs (H) hvy beating Red Rampage by 9l.

Torduff Express (IRE) 10-1 In touch, hampered 13th, ridden 5 out, weakened approaching 4 out, 5th of 16, 25l behind Take The Stand at Uttoxeter 4m hcp chs 0-140 (B) gf in Jun.

Legal Right (USA) 3-1 In touch, headway to chase leaders 5 out, chased winner 3 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 17, 17l behind Sleeping Night at Wetherby 3m 1f hts chs (H) gs.

Foly Pleasant (FR) 7-4fav Prominent, led 5 out, ridden approaching 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Silence Reigns at Bangor 2m 4f hts chs (H) gs.