Plumpton

  • 15:15 Happy Birthday Charlie Griffiths & Nick Russell Handicap Hurdle3m 1f 110y

  • Winner £1,916 2nd £559 3rd £279
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 31.70s
  • Off time: 15:16:28
15:15 Plumpton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Velator 6/4
2nd Rocky Ryan (IRE) 4/1
3rd Zouti (FR) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 7P-33P2 BLACK, YELLOW stars, WHITE sleeves, BLACK cap, YELLOW star Dakota Boy (IRE) 12
10 11-12 bt A M Hales R Johnson 95 8/19.00
2 526-3F0 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, Yellow sleeves, Royal Blue armlets, Yellow cap Royal Kicks (FR) 40
11 11-12 pt Miss S Smith Tom Cannon (5) 95 50/151.00
3 600091 Red, Yellow triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, Red cap, Yellow diamond Velator 6 (ex7)
5 11-10 A J Honeyball Rachael Green (3) 86 6/42.50
4 775P35 Dark Green, White hoop, checked sleeves, quartered cap Blue Lovell (FR) 28
6 11-6 Mrs Caroline Keevil Harry Skelton 89 28/129.00
5 10/P854 Dark Blue, White sash, Dark Blue and Red hooped sleeves, White cap Flying Whale 31
8 11-2 Nick Mitchell Nick Scholfield 85 16/117.00
6 1-P3234 Maroon, Blue hoop, Black sleeves, Gold cap Acosta 27
Distance Winner
8 11-1 b Dr J R J Naylor Mr R J Kirk (5) 84 14/115.00
7 905100/ Orange, royal blue stars Rocky Ryan (IRE) 1026
9 11-0 b1 Jim Best A P McCoy 83 4/15.00
8 UU3345 Yellow, Green striped sleeves, Yellow cap Homer Run (IRE) 56
5 11-0 J W Mullins Kevin Jones (7) 83 25/126.00
9 132-530 Royal Blue, Yellow star, striped sleeves and star on cap Border Lad 78
8 10-13 Mrs A M Thorpe C Wallis (5) 82 22/123.00
10 768 Dark blue, yellow stars, armlets and stars on cap Zouti (FR) 53
4 10-12 G L Moore Joshua Moore (5) 92 16/117.00
11 0006 Royal blue, white seams, red and white hooped sleeves, white and red striped cap Le Chasse Spleen (FR) 12
6 10-11 b1 D Pipe T Scudamore 80 16/117.00
12 21-3702 Yellow, Purple cross belts, Yellow sleeves, Purple stars and stars on cap Chicharito (IRE) 70
5 10-10 p1 N P Mulholland D C Costello 79 8/19.00
13 P1-0058 White, black cross belts, chevrons on sleeves, black cap Upton Mead (IRE) 4
5 10-10 Mrs A Batchelor M J Quinlan (3) 79 66/167.00
14 PP98 Black, beige seams, striped sleeves and diamond on cap Pitton Rivers 42
8 10-5 v1 Dr J R J Naylor W P Kavanagh (3) 74 150/1151.00

Verdict

AP McCoy was on board when Rocky Ryan justified favouritism at Fakenham in 2009 and though his mount hasn't been seen since that year the fact that he's been booked here entitles Jim Best's charge to the utmost respect. Border Lad blows hot and cold but didn't stay 3m2f at Hereford last time after a good run over 2m4f there previously. Chicharito, a winning point-to-pointer, showed that a stamina test is required when runner-up over 3m2f here in December while Dakota Boy had slipped to a very fair mark when runner-up to Changing Lanes at Southwell and connections won't be pleased with a 5lb rise. VELATOR attracted strong support at Taunton last week despite very poor previous form and he duly obliged. A 7lb penalty is unlikely to halt his progress and he should complete a quick double.