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15:45 Kelso

Eildon Hill Stables Open Hunters' Chase (Class 5)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 96y
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £4,000 added
  • Winner: £2,496
  • 2nd: £774
  • 3rd: £387
  • 4th: £194
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 22.60s
  • Off Time: 15:45:44
  • 5 Ran
1st
Silk -
13/2

    2nd
    Silk -
    1
    Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow hoop, White sleeves, Black cap

    Al Co (FR)

    240 D
    13/2
    • Form 1U0P0-7
    • Age 13
    • Weight 12-6
    • Official Rating 129

    raced wide, chased leaders, 2nd before 2 out, led before last, urged along and always doing enough run-in

    2
    Silk - Grey and dark blue stripes, red cap
    5/4
    • Form 75F2-P1
    • Age 11
    • Weight 12-6
    • Official Rating 139

    held up, not fluent 7th, closer in 4th place 10th, going for run on inside when no room and checked approaching 13th, 3rd approaching 2 out, went 2nd last, kept on run-in

    3
    Silk - Red, Brown sleeves and cap
    6/4
    • Form 11/3PPP-
    • Age 9
    • Weight 12-6
    • Official Rating 139

    pressed leader, led 10th until 3 out, lost 2nd and weakened before next, eased and pulled up last

    4
    Silk - Light Blue, Dark Blue cross belts, hooped sleeves
    • Form F12P3-1
    • Age 10
    • Weight 12-2
    • Official Rating 114

    shade keen, led until 10th, pressed leader, led again and pecked 3 out, ridden and headed before last, lost 2nd last, weakened run-in

    5
    Silk - Scarlet, Blue sleeves and collar, Blue cap, Green hoop
    14/1
    • Form 63-2665
    • Age 10
    • Weight 11-12
    • Official Rating 116

    chased leaders until outpaced and dropped to rear 10th, never on terms after, left remote 4th last

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Al Co won the 2014 Scottish Grand National but is now a teenager and is unlikely to enjoy today’s conditions. VIVALDI COLLONGES is also making his hunter chase debut but he never really fulfilled his potential under Rules and appeared to have fallen out of love with the game when last seen. However, a spell hunting may have reignited his enthusiasm and he won a race at Ayr back in 2016 in which Cultram Abbey, who was receiving plenty of weight, fell when struggling. Nicky Richards’ runner proved his well-being at Alnwick last month, however, and leading amateur Richard Harding is in the saddle. Winged Crusader also won at Alnwick last month but, like Thomond, appears to have a lot to find on these terms.

    Formwatch

    Al Co (FR) 9-1 (11-2) Jumped left, led, headed after 3rd, tracked leader until 14th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 10, 32 1/4l behind Virgilio (11-12) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (2) gd in May.

    Cultram Abbey 1-3fav (12-0) A.p; led on bit 3 out; easy, won at Alnwick 3m gd in Dec beating Court Painter (12-0) by 8l, 5 ran.

    Vivaldi Collonges (FR) 33-1 (11-12) In touch, lost place 15th, blundered 17th, soon behind and pulled up, at Ayr 4m hcp (1) gd in Apr.

    Winged Crusader (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) A.p; led 14; stayed on wl, won at Alnwick 3m gd in Dec beating Hand Act Or Part (11-0) by 5l, 6 ran.

    Thomond (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Chased leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd before 4 out and ridden in 5th before next, no extra and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 11, dist behind Swingbridge (11-1) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp Good - Yielding in Aug.