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16:20 Leicester

Cottesmore 'Grassroots' Maiden Hunters' Chase (Class 6)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 45y
  • Going: Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £3,000 added
  • Winner: £1,872
  • 2nd: £580
  • 3rd: £290
  • 4th: £145
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 46.00s
  • Off Time: 16:20:22
  • 7 Ran
1
Silk - LIGHT BLUE, maroon seams, striped cap
  • Form 6-23P1P
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-2

held up, always in rear, lost touch 9th, tailed off when pulled up before last

2
Silk - Black, yellow seams, black sleeves, yellow spots, black cap, yellow star
  • Form 1P2-P12
  • Age 8
  • Weight 12-2

led, headed before 4 out, no chance with front trio from next, mistake last, lost modest 4th flat

3
Silk - Red, Yellow cap
11/4
  • Form 5211-1U
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-2
  • Official Rating 96

close up on outside, challenged before 4 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden clear after last, rider dropped whip final 100 yards, kept on, all out

4
Silk - Pink and mauve check
10/1
  • Form 11P112/
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-2

close up, blundered and rider lost iron briefly 3rd, driven after 5 out, ridden to chase front pair before next, no impression from 2 out, kept on closing stages, always held

5
Silk - Pale Blue, Scarlet cap
7/2
  • Form 2122-43
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-2
  • Official Rating 103

chased leaders, reminders from after 5th, driven and lost place after 5 out, behind from next, stayed on to take modest 4th flat

6
Silk - Dark Green and Yellow (halved), striped sleeves, Yellow cap
  • Form F121-U1
  • Age 8
  • Weight 12-2

close up, blundered 7th, led before 4 out, headed narrowly 2 out, soon ridden, upsides and every chance when blundered last, kept on, held flat

7
Silk - White, maroon hoops, grey sleeves, maroon armlets, grey cap
80/1
  • Form PP1PP5
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-9

held up behind, lost touch 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

In depth

Verdict

Alan Hill's runners are always worth a second look and Man Of Steel would probably have completed a four-timer between the flags at Larkhill in January had he not hung after the last and unseated his rider. Thetalkinghorse won by a distance at Thorpe Lodge last month while Mister Teddy was third over a longer trip here 12 days ago. Sheila Crow's COOLADERRY KING disappointed when favourite for a hunter chase at Bangor last year but may be worth another chance as he's continued to thrive in point-to-points and still has time on his side.

Formwatch

Cab On Times (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 13th, led 4 out, soon headed, weakened from 2 out, pulled up before last, at Leicester 2m 7f (6) hvy in Feb.

Cooladerry King (IRE) 9-4 (12-3) Led to 9 & 14 til hdd 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Our Mick (12-3) at Bangor-on-dee 3m sft in Feb.

Man Of Steel (IRE) 7-4fav (12-3) Hdwy aft 12; led aft 3 out til hdd & hung lft flat; ur 75yds out, at Larkhill 3m gs in Jan.

Melt The Silver 7-4 (12-0) Stdy hdwy 13; chsd wnr app 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 7, 3 1/4l behind Current Exchange (12-7) at Brampton Bryan 3m gs in Mar.

Mister Teddy 8-1 (12-0) Led, headed and reminder 13th, led again after next, headed 4 out, outpaced by front pair 3 out, 3rd of 5, 7 1/4l behind Carlton Ryan (12-0) at Leicester 2m 7f (6) hvy in Feb.

Thetalkinghorse (IRE) 1-2fav (12-6) Hdwy 12; lft in ld 14; drew clr 4 out; unchall, won at Thorpe Lodge 3m gs in Feb beating Vaxalco (12-0) by 25l, 6 ran.

Triggywinkle (FR) 66-1 (11-0) In touch, chased leader 4th, lost place 5 out, weakened 3 out, 5th of 13, 34l behind Delta Borget (11-7) at Taunton 2m (6) hvy in Feb.