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12:10 Sedgefield

Merry Christmas From Paxtons Mares' Handicap Chase (Class 4)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 65y
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,800 added
  • Winner: £3,769
  • 2nd: £1,107
  • 3rd: £553
  • 4th: £277
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 4.20s
  • Off Time: 12:10:51
  • 5 Ran
1
Silk - Maroon, White star, sleeves and star on cap
2/1
  • Form 265152
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 106

always prominent, slow 3rd, led 5 out, hard driven after 2 out, ran on well

2
Silk - GREY, red stars, red cap
  • Form 2128-44
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 102

chased leaders, driven to challenge 3 out, every chance when mistake next, kept on same pace closing stages

3
Silk - YELLOW, BLACK and YELLOW halved sleeves, BLACK cap
8/1
  • Form F/22PFP-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 10-3
  • Official Rating 83

chased leaders, lost touch 7th, under pressure after next, struggling in rear when fell 5 out

4
Silk - Dark Blue, White seams, check cap
7/2
  • Form 6P-7PP4
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-2
  • Official Rating 82

tracked leaders, effort on inner 3 out, soon under pressure, no extra approaching last

5
Silk - Red, Yellow sash, hooped sleeves and cap
80/1
  • Form 443-5P5
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 64

led until 5 out, soon rallied, weakened after 3 out, modest 4th

In depth

Verdict

Midnight Walk had a subsequent winner behind when second to Fair Frank at Southwell in October but she’s struggled on going this soft in the past. LOCHNELL beat stablemate Spring Over by 12 lengths on identical terms over hurdles at Ayr in March. The ground was heavy that day so she’ll have no problems with the surface and she’s jumped well enough in her three starts over fences to date. Course and distance winner Sultana Belle has only run once over fences in 18 months and was well beaten while Nelly La Rue is 16lb out of the handicap.

Formwatch

Midnight Walk (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd 3 out, held from 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Fair Frank (11-1) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.

Lochnell (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Held up in touch, pushed along in 4th before 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 10 1/4l behind Lough Derg Jewel (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.

Spring Over (IRE) 18-1 (10-4) Mid-division, reminder after 7th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, at Perth 3m hcp (4) gd in Apr.

Sultana Belle (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) In touch, outpaced after 2 out, rallied before last, kept on and no impression, 4th of 12, 13 1/4l behind Global Thrill (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.

Nelly La Rue (IRE) 125-1 (10-0) Soon held up in mid-division, losing place before 6th, well behind 13th, tailed off, 5th of 8, dist behind Vinnie Lewis (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (4) sft in Nov.