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14:50 Leicester

Eric Burke 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase (Class 4)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 110y
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £10,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 17.60s
  • Off Time: 14:50:49
  • 5 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
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Silk - DARK BLUE and WHITE check, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap, DARK BLUE star

Monteforte

129 t D
9/1
  • Form P/P2F-2P
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 112

led, ridden, headed 2 out, rallied to lead again by omitted last fence, stayed on

2
Silk - Orange, Light Green chevrons, quartered cap

Mokum (FR)

11 C
5/2
  • Form FP4132
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 105

held up in rear, in touch, improved 3 out, led next, soon ridden, headed by omitted last fence, weakened final 100 yards

3
Silk - Dark Blue and Light Green (quartered), hooped sleeves, Light Green cap

Ashgreen

93 D
4/1
  • Form 6/1515-5
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 101

with winner, ridden 3 out, soon lost place

4
Silk - Red and white stripes, dark blue and white striped sleeves
  • Form 14-P244
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 101

in touch, ridden 3 out, weakened from last

5
Silk - Dark Green and Yellow diabolo, Dark Green sleeves, Yellow armlets, Yellow cap
13/8
  • Form 8-7P433
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-5
  • Official Rating 91

in touch, ridden 4 out, lost place, effort 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd final 100 yards

In depth

Verdict

Mokum is the pick over Blunham Hill and Ashgreen. Just the five line up in this 0-115 contest, and on past form it appears as though Mokum has a cast-iron chance of returning to winning ways today. The ex-French gelding was having only his third outing for Tony Carroll when landing a class 3 contest off a mark of 100 here in December, coming late on the scene to outbattle Mandingo Chief who was racing off 116 that day. He also finished well ahead of the 129-rated Schu Schine when staying on behind Irish Rapture at Sandown last time, proving that he has the stamina required for today's task. This drop down to class 4 company should therefore be well within his grasp, and with conditions to suit, he is the one to beat. Blunham Hill will relish the underfoot terrain as well, but he has been out of form lately, while Ashgreen has struggled since going up the weights. Monteforte has topweight to overcome, but it would be no surprise if Mistress Nell were to figure off 10st 5lb. Mokum is very much the one to beat though, and is a confident selection.

Formwatch

Monteforte 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leader to 3rd, weakened 8th, mistake 10th, tailed off when pulled up 5 out in race won by Miko de Beauchene (11-0) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 7 ran.

Mokum (FR) 6-1 (10-2) Held up, headway 16th, went 2nd under pressure 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 13l behind Irish Raptor (11-8) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.

Ashgreen 4-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd and hit 14th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Deferlant (10-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.

Blunham Hill (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division, lost place 5th, ridden 7th, behind from 9th, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Loulou Nivernais (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.

Mistress Nell 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden from 13th, stayed on to chase leading pair, 3rd of 16, 23l behind Gunship (10-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.